Duke came to play today against Boston College, coasting to a 89-68 win, pushing their season record to 24-3. Duke played lock down defense in the first half, which included a 12-0 run, and they never looked back. Rasheed Sulaimon scored a career-high 27 points and in the process probably took a lead for ACC Freshman of the Year. Interestingly, one of his primary competitors for that award is BC’s Oliver Hanlan, and today Sulaimon drew the defensive assignment on a number of occasions on Hanlan, and helped hold him to 12 points.
Mason Plumlee contributed another double-double as well with 19 points and 15 rebounds; he continues to lead the Atlantic Coast Conference in the prestigious category. Plumlee also dished out a team high 4 assists, two of those coming to Quinn Cook on consecutive trips. One has to think Plumlee might let his point guard know he owes him a return favor. I kid, I kid.
The bottom line is that Boston College simply had no chance in this game. But Coach K still took time to praise the Eagles while pointing ahead to a week in which the team must play in Charlottesville in a 9:00 game on Thursday night and then return home the same evening to begin preparing for the much-anticipated rematch with Miami on Saturday. The Blue Devils will have less than 48 hours rest for that showdown, so the coach’s concern is understandable.
Duke played its 203rd game as a Top 10 team today and they remain undefeated in Cameron this season. We’ll have more coming your way but until then, check out Coach K’s opening statements via Blue Devil Nation.