Duke shuts Michigan down 79-69: A much-needed win for Duke and welcome site to Duke fans – A staunch and active defense. A good sign for Duke, they executed their defensive game plan nearly perfectly for much of the game and took Nik Stauskas and for most of the game Mitch McGary out of the game. Stauskas ended the game with 4 points on 0-2 shooting. McGary had a good line with 15 points and 14 rebounds but most of that was in clean-up time when Michigan was in desperation mode and Duke had let the foot off of the gas. Caris LeVert was the only true offensive threat for Michigan in the game scoring 24 points and 20 of Michigan’s 47 second half points.
Duke was led by Quinn Cook who scored 24 points but more importantly dished out 9 assists. Cook was Dukes most effective player on offense and Michigan guards had no answer for the junior point guard. It’s very weird to mention Duke scoring and not having it reflect Rodney Hood or Jabari Parker as the leading scores but both took a backseat to Cook. Hood was 5-13 for 14 points and also had 5 rebounds while Jabari Parker was an efficient 7 or 14 from the floor for 15 points. What made both Hood and Parkers game exceptional tonight were the low turnover numbers. Duke as a team only had 7 turnovers to Michigan’s 12 and no one on Duke had more than 2.
The turning point in the game came after a Michigan run cut the Duke lead to single digits, senior Andre Dawkins gave Duke 8 points off the bench to give Duke breathing room. Dawkins [...]
Duke (6-2) – Michigan (5-2) Preview
December 3, 2013
Duke gets home court advantage in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge this year against a Michigan team who many have picked to finish no lower than 2nd in the Big 10. Overall, Duke dominates the series with the Wolverines 21-8. However, coming off an appearance in the NCAA championship game, the Wolverines have a deep, athletic, and experienced roster despite losing Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. to NBA draft last year. It will be the first meeting between the two schools in the 15-year history of the event.
The Blue Devils are 12-2 all-time in Big Ten/ACC Challenge play, including a 5-0 mark at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Duke is ranked 10th in the AP Poll and 8th in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll, while Michigan is ranked 22nd and 21st, respectively. The Blue Devils are 38-13 all-time when ranked No. 10 in the AP Poll. The Blue Devils are playing their 220th straight game as a top-10 team in the AP poll. Duke is 181-38 (.827) in that span.
Team Season Thus Far
Michigan returns one of the best shooters in the country in 6-6 wing Nik Stauskas (averaging 20.3 points per game and shooting 47 % from 3-point range), however he is questionable for this game due to an ankle injury suffered midway through the second half of Michigan’s 63-61 loss to Charlotte in last Sunday’s Puerto Rico Tip-Off championship game. He remained in that game after sustaining the injury, was visibly hurt, and hasn’t practiced since Michigan returned from Puerto Rico. Although participating in pre-game warm-ups in their game this past Friday against Coppin State he did [...]
I’d be remiss if I didn’t give out some thanks to Jim from http://dukereport.com and also Mike from http://www.dukesportsblog.com/. They are singularly responsible for me becoming a Duke football fan last year and this year for the first time. I’ve never been much of a college football fan, but it’s been a very cool transition into one starting last year and becoming a full fledge fan this year. Duke is a very easy team to root for, not that I didn’t already have a foot in the door being a gi-normous basketball fan. I suppose it’s a natural progression but starting with updates and commentary from Jim’s twitter feed and Mike’s twitter feed it was very easy to become hooked and from there: tuning in to watch the games, to following the players, to following recruiting.
To see Duke reach the heights it has after some pretty dismal seasons is pretty amazing to be in the ACC Championship game from where the program was not too long ago is a story unto itself. Coach Cutcliffe has done a fantastic job and the most wonderful thing about him is his humility and readiness to not just talk about the talent level of his players but how they are hardworking, deserving kids. How can you not like that in your coach. How can you not respect a program that did it and is doing it the right way. So thanks to all that pushed me toward Duke football and those who provide the coverage that look to for my information.
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Once again the Devils were their own worst enemy. In a game that was tight and winnable, the Devils seemed to just wither. Duke had no answer for Arizona on the perimeter or in the middle. Arizona got double-digit scoring from their entire front court while for Duke the usual suspects got theirs with Rodney Hood getting 21 and Jabari Parker 19. Quinn Cook had 13 points for Duke but no one else was able to step up. Duke was able to turn over the Wildcats (16) but was unable to capitalize on those turnovers at a high enough clip.
The first half had Duke inch out to a 3 point lead but the guards for Arizona took over and outplayed Duke in the second half. Both guards scored in double figures and T.J. McConnell had 8 assists no Duke player had over 3. The Wildcats seem to figure out Dukes offense with ease, even when they employed a 2-3 zone it was easily beaten with a lob to Aaron Gordon who may not be a huge threat to score a lot for Arizona but does things that help his team win. Gordon had 4 assists (again more than any Duke player) and had 2 blocks which seems like a misprint for what I saw watching the game.
Duke seemed to be completely lost in half-court sets which seemed odd as going into the game it was a plan to play in that fashion. Coach K has mentioned that Duke will depend mostly on Hood and Parker for bulk of the scoring and that the other guys will have to adjust to their games but perhaps it may be a better plan for Hood and Parker [...]