Posted On: November 16, 2011 By: Cliff Comments: (zero)
Congratulations to Coach Krzyzewski as he picked up his 903rd win in NCAA basketball and passed up his mentor Bob Knight with the most wins in NCAA basketball history! With the Blue Devils coming into the game 2-0 and playing in “Cameron North” also known as Madison Square Garden, ex players and friends/family attended to watch Duke beat Michigan State 74-69. It was a great win for the team and one that Coach K wasn’t sure if they would pull out while he thought things over at half time.
The Blue Devils led 34-33 at half after playing a very sloppy first half. Turnovers and Spartan offensive rebounds really had everyone thinking “What the heck is going on?”. It was a good thing that Andre Dawkins was hot from beyond the arc in the first half or Duke would have found themselves down by 7-8 points. Dawkins finished with 26 points with 18 of those points coming from three point land.
Seth Curry had great game overall as well as he poured in 20 points, grabbed 7 boards and also dished out four assists.
I really thought Mason Plumlee and Austin Rivers rushed things when they had the ball in their hands. I love the fact that Rivers tries to attack the basket, but he will have to learn when to pull up and take a mid range jumper or pass the ball off before getting close to the big guys. It will come with the youngster I have no doubts about that.
Overall Duke should have probably won this game by 8-10 points which they led by most of the second half but some bone headed plays in the final few minutes made the game appear closer than it really was. Gotta play the full 40 minutes which I’m sure Coach K and his assistants will stress this week during practice.
Up next for the Blue Devils will be a game on Friday against Davidson. Tip-off is set for 6 pm EST.
John who writes here on the blog was able to travel to New York City for the game last night and met a lot of former Duke players and watched history happen. I’m glad John had a great time. He has been posting pictures etc of his trip on twitter so make sure you follow us both. @JohnnyDukes32 and @JustDukeCom
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