Cameron Crazies all let out a collective sigh of relief. I’m not sure any of us expected this to be as tough a game as it was considering all of the advantages Duke had going in. East Carolina was coming in tired, having finally left the court at around midnight before having to get geared up to play a top 5 team. Secondly the fact that Duke was playing at home should have also been a huge advantage and of course the talent level at least on paper had Duke a clear favorite. The last thing I perused on the internet before I started watching the game was “trap game”, it didn’t phase me but perhaps it should have as it came to fruition. Duke got all it could handle and more from this team. Some of it was Duke and it’s execution and some of it was just a gritty determined and well coached team not getting lost in the moment.
Duke started the game reasonably well, nearly perfect for most of the first half, but couldn’t maintain a lead of more than 10-13 points, Duke went on several runs and got the lead to 18 but it was short-lived. Duke played like a team that was in a blow-out, all the while East Carolina just plugged away and ran their stuff. Duke ended the half with an 11 point lead but that was short-lived as the pressure seemed to get to Duke and ECU continued to spread Duke out and get to the rim, even running on Duke every chance it got. Duke seemed hesitant on offense and had trouble cracking the ECU zone.
Jabari Parker and Quinn Cook accounted for [...]
Duke had no trouble dispatching the UNC Asheville Bulldogs 91-55. Duke once again utilized a very deep bench and got scoring from the usual suspects but also some surprises. The phenomenon that is Jabari Parker led Duke with 21 points and ten rebounds, Parker also had 4 assists but in true freshman style he had 6 turnovers. That isn’t to say Parker wasn’t amazing yet again, but occasionally his lust to be selfless and include his teammates can manifest itself in the occasional errant pass. These are mistakes of commission and not omission and Coach K will take these over the youngster being passive or not trusting in his instincts.
Rodney Hood shook off some early mistakes and had a monster game as well. Hood, who scored 18, is learning slowly but surely to trust in his skills and believe he is the player that the coaches know he is. Where Hood will need to improve is on the defensive end. Hood seemed to click on defense once he got going on the offensive end, and as he ratcheted up the defensive pressure good things started to happen. Hood would end with 2 steals.
The surprise sub of the night would have to be going to freshman Semi Ojeleye early in the game. Semi would not disappoint knocking down a couple of 3 point shots and ended the game with 10 points and 5 rebounds in 14 minutes. Duke would tally a season high 36 points off the bench which if you have followed the Blue Devils over the past few seasons is an unheard of number.
Duke would rebound the ball better in this game although boxing out seemed to be an issue [...]
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