Posted On: November 13, 2013 By: Cliff Comments: (zero)
It was an ugly night at the free throw line for Duke as they shot just 16-of-28 from the charity stripe in a 94-83 loss to the Kansas Jayhawks. The game was being played in Chicago at the United Center where Coach K and the guys typically play very good basketball but Tuesday night was a different story with the bad free throw shooting and bad defense vs the Jayhawks.
The game was being billed at Jabari Parker vs Andrew Wiggins as the two freshman who are expected to be top 3 picks in the next NBA draft were going against each other. Parker stole the show to start things off by knocking down three’s and throwing down a one handed alley opp from Quinn Cook but it was Wiggins who had the final say later in the second half when he took over the game. Wiggins scored 16 of his 22 points in the second half, outplaying Parker down the stretch. Parker did finish 27 points, nine rebounds and two steals but it wasn’t enough and he would foul out on a Wiggins dunk.
As a Duke fan, I expected more of a supporting cast behind Parker. I really expected Rodney Hood to step up and have a bigger game than he did but he finished with just 11 points. Amile Jefferson knocked down some big shots down low and chipped in with 17 points.
For this Duke team to be a top contender, Parker is going to need more help and the guys are going to have to knock down their free throws. Free throws are going to be a HUGE part of scoring this year as the refs are calling any hand checking and forearms in the back down on the block. To me, it’s slowing the game down, frustrating fans and taking any sort of rhythm from teams. The players are going to have to make changes, or games are going to turn into snooze fests.
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