Miami v Duke

Quinn Cook Leading As a Captain

Miami v DukeQuinn Cook has been garnering early season praise from Duke Coach Mike Krzzyewski.  Cook has showed the leadership the coach had hoped he would as team captain and is playing the best basketball of his college career after two games.  Cook took time to talk to the media after the big Duke win over Fairfield –

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Duke thumps Fairfield, go to 2-0

amileThe Duke Blue Devils rode a terrific second half effort in route to a 109-59 win over Fairfield in Cameron Indoor Stadium.  The win pushed their record to 2-0 on the young season before they travel to Indianapolis to take on Michigan State this coming Tuesday night,  In two games, the Blue Devils averaged and impressive 111 points per game on the offensive end while going to their bench early and often.

Better in the Paint

Duke has outscored their two opponents by a 96 to 48 margin in the paint this season.  Much of that comes from the addition of Jahlil Okafor, the freshman sensation who is a ridiculously efficient 17 of 20 from the field this young season,  In the win over Fairfield tonight, he got a lot of help from Amile Jefferson who scored 15 points and grabbed 9 rebounds.  In the post game press conference, Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski pointed but that Jefferson was learning to play with Okafor and the opportunities it opens up.  He also said that Jefferson was using both hands around the rim better.

Coach K praises Quinn Cook

Quinn Cook scored his 1000th point against Fairfield drew praise from Krzyzewski.  Cook has been playing with much more energy this season and that could be due to his off-season workouts, where he concentrated on endurance.  “He’s doing a great job of leading.  His personality is so good right now with these young guys,” said Krzyzewski. He continued by saying, “They love him and he’s given them positive stuff.

K praises Rasheed Sulaimon as well

“The other kid who didn’t score a point but had a big impact on the game was Rasheed (Sulaimon),” said Krzyzewski, leading into the statement unprompted by a question.  “His ball pressure and passing … he had four assists and no turnovers, but his passing …if this was hockey he would have got eight or nine assists today (vs Fairfield).  “I’m really pleased with how he’s played in these two games.  He gets it down the court faster than anyone on the team.”  I noticed some fans seemed worried about Sulaimon, so hearing this should help dispel any worries.  Krzyzewski said that a player feels good when he makes a positive impact on the game despite not scoring.  He pointed to Sulaimon maturing and said he is doing things no body on the team could do as well, such as ball pressure.

Chemistry starts with ball movement

There have been times in the first two games where the Blue Devils have zipped the ball with precision.  When you see that pop-pop-pop-bucket thing going on, that means a team is getting it.  So far this season, Duke has had a combined 52 assists.  There were games a season ago when they had five or less.

Freshman as advertised

Jahlil Okafor and Justise Winslow have been freaky good to date.  Tyus Jones is solid as a rock and Grayson Allen adds a lot of fire power off the bench.  So far, these guys have in no way disappointed.

We’ll chime in more tomorrow, but until then, check out what Jefferson had to say post game –

 

 

 

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Mistakes cost Blue Devils in loss to Virginia Tech

DURHAM – All season long, the Blue Devils have prided themselves on taking care of the football and protecting their quarterback. With an extra week to prepare, Bud Foster and the Virginia Tech defense were able to turn the tables on Anthony Boone and the Duke offense. The Hokies forced three Blue Devil turnovers and sacked Boone three times on Saturday en route to a 17-16 win. Boone finished the day just 18/40 for 181 yards with 2 interceptions.

Anthony Boone post-game

Turnovers weren’t the only miscues for the Blue Devils on Saturday, as Ross Martin missed on two field goals, from 51 and 40 yards. The second miss, with 2:26 left to play, essentially sealed the win for the Hokies. Duke’s junior kicker had been perfect on the season entering the game.

Ross Martin post-game

The Blue Devils (8-2, 4-2 ACC) face a quick turnaround as they host rival North Carolina in a Thursday night matchup on ESPN. As has been the case in recent meetings, more than just the Victory Bell will be at stake for both teams. The Tar Heels are fighting for bowl eligibility and the Blue Devils will need a win to stay in the ACC Coastal Division race. Tickets are still available at GoDuke.com.

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Jahlil Okafor Debuts In Cameron

imagesJahlil Okafor played his first official game in Cameron Indoor Stadium and he did not disappoint the fans.  Okafor went 9 of 10 from the field to score 19 points to go with 4 rebounds.  “He’s an outstanding player.  He has great poise to him,” said Coach Mike Krzyzewski in the post game.  “His most impressive stat line was his 4 assists and no turnovers,” said the HOF coach.  Here is what Jahlil had to say post game –