Not a good night for Duke

It wasn’t a good night for the guys last night in Philadelphia. Playing in front of a large crowd at the Wells Fargo Arena, Duke had a very poor defensive performance and lost to an unrated Temple team 78-73. Duke had beaten Temple the last nine times but on Wednesday night it was a very different Duke team out there. You just don’t see them get beat over and over on the defensive end of the court. I have a feeling today’s practice / film session is not going to be a fun one.

The offense was fueled by the Plumlee brothers as Miles scored 17 and Mason chipped in with 16 points and 13 rebounds. Freshman Austin Rivers also finished with 12 points.

I do have to say that Austin needs to slow down a little bit and not get in a hurry to attack the basket so much. He gets close to the big guys and can’t finish over the taller players. That’s one difference he will have to learn at the college level.

Where was Seth Curry and Andre Dawkins?

ACC Conference play will start up Jan 7th against Georgia Tech on the road. I  have a feeling Coack K will have the guys ready to go and we will see the guys back playing “Duke Basketball”

Cliff – @JustDukeCom


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  1. Andy Says:

    Same ole’ problem showed up in the Temple game stats – just look and see. Duke gets outrebounded by a bunch of little Black guys – while Duke’s big white guys just don’t cut it, except for Mason (13 boards). Ryan Kelly is so over-rated it isn’t funny!

    Guess what? — Duke will never win another national title until Coach K recruits AT LEAST one big guy of “color” on the frontcourt.

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