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Duke Blows By Wake 83 – 59

By January 23, 2011No Comments

After being demolished my Georgia Tech 74-39 people wrote Wake Forest off, obviously they didn’t write themselves off and came into this game against Duke ready and willing to stand fight the Devils, and for the most part in the first half they did. They showed signs of talent and toughness and when basketball IQ catches up they can be a team to be reckoned with. Wake was aided by some early Duke turnovers and some cold shooting by Nolan Smith who went 6 for 22 and 1 for 6 from 2 point range. Smith did, however, finish with 19 points and hit clutch shots in the second half to help Duke pull away from Wake.

Duke got a stellar performance from senior Kyle Singler who shredded the Wake defense. Singler was good for 24 points on 9 for 19 shooting and 7 rebounds. Duke also got a monster game from Ryan Kelly who seems to have found his shooting touch as of late, it seems to have clicked for Kelly who scored 20 points (a career high). Kelly was a perfect 6-6 from the floor and 4-4 from the free throw line. People keep clamoring that Duke needs to have a 3rd scorer, but the beauty of this team is that it can come from a multitude of places. Dawkins, either Plumlee or Curry are all capable and have at times put up numbers. I think that makes this team more dangerous. The defense cannot afford to ignore anyone on the floor.

Mason Plumlee while not scoring in this game, did pull down 10 boards and has been on a Zoubek like stretch of rebounding as of late. Duke will take those numbers as they can always find ways to score. Its not to say that Mason doesn’t have the talent, he certainly does, but it’s hard to be critical of him once you realize that he is a sophomore…there is still a ton of upside. Physically he can do it all, if the mental part aligns Mason will be dangerous in more than just a few stretches here and there. The elder Plumlee, Miles, has had a bit of a resurgence lately and whatever Kool-Aid the coaching staff gave Miles, Mason could use a sip. Miles has had some serious flashes of defensive and offensive brilliance. He’s playing more like a junior and earning playing time back after hitting some real lows this season. Miles finished the game with only 8 points but was 3-3 and gave Duke quality minutes off of the bench.

Duke did not play great in this game but still won by 24 points, the team still has a ways to go but it’s fun to watch the development and watch the coaching staff working magic on a team that looked a little lost a few games ago.

Duke Blue Devils
Kyle Singler, F329-193-83-4474201324
Ryan Kelly, F316-64-44-4262210020
Nolan Smith, G376-221-66-6143303119
Andre Dawkins, G131-31-30-000000223
Mason Plumlee, F220-10-00-2110101130
Miles Plumlee, F193-30-02-213011228
Seth Curry, G211-50-44-402220016
Tyler Thornton, G220-10-11-211210031
Josh Hairston, F30-10-02-211000012
Wake Forest Demon Deacons
Ari Stewart, F262-70-11-126300135
Travis McKie, F335-91-11-1590200212
Carson Desrosiers, C312-61-20-014201235
Gary Clark, G204-83-50-0022003211
C.J. Harris, G352-92-45-8053104311
Ty Walker, C91-20-02-202012104
J.T. Terrell, G212-70-30-001200134
Tony Chennault, G91-40-00-000100232
Melvin Tabb, F162-30-01-201010305
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