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Duke Basketball Team and Recruiting Update

Matthew Hurt

We all know Isiah Stewart has just announced he will make his college decision evening on ESPN, but Blue Devil Nation Premium members can read more on that in our latest update.

We discuss Tre Jones injury and this weekend's big visitor Matthew Hurt and some intel on a 2020 kid who may come out early.

We are currently running a 60.00 for one-year special.  The update is on the Blue Devil Nation Premium message board.

Duke Grinds Down Clemson 87-68

Tre Jones had a career-high 9 assists and 0 turnovers.

The Duke Blue Devils opened up ACC play with an 87-68 victory over Clemson in Cameron Indoor Stadium.  Duke goes to 1-0 in league and 12-1 overall.

It was obvious early on that Duke had some rust to deal with after a 15-day break.   Duke struggled on offense early on but senior captain Jack White knocked down three, three-pointers to help.  White finished the game with 12 points and 6 rebounds.

The ACC's leading scorer R.J. Barrett added 13 points and 9 rebounds.  Tre Jones had a career-high 9 assists with 0 turnovers to go with his 10 points

Zion Williamson had the dunk of the year after a steal in the 2nd half.  Williamson was dominant, scoring 25 points to go with 10 rebounds and 2 blocked shots.

Duke had 13 steals in the game with just 13 turnovers, 6 by Cam Reddish.

The Blue Devils face their first road ACC contest this Tuesday when they travel to Winston Salem to take on Wake Forest.

Sidebar - Mike Krzyzewski is 48-18 in ACC openers.

Krzyzewski is 48-18 against Clemson.

Good Bolden tonight.  He was assertive inside.

Zion Williamson said tonight's reaction to his 360 dunk may have been the loudest of any flush in the past.

 

 

Duke is Set to Take on ACC Schedule

After a long break, the Duke men's basketball team returns to the court this Saturday evening to take on Clemson in both teams ACC opener.  Duke will do so ranked as the number one team in America after going 11-1 during the non-conference portion of the schedule.

During the seasons opening stretch, the Blue Devils won a memorable game over Kentucky in dominant fashion in.  They would be humbled against Gonzaga but also gathered wins over solid teams in Auburn, Indiana and Texas Tech.

The Blue Devils have also become must-see basketball where they dominate the likes of the ESPN airwaves with the teams' exploits.  While R.J. Barrett is the teams alpha player, it is Zion Williamson that has set the world on fire.

Williamson has made it clear that no analysts can properly describe his game to date,  The young phenoms game is more than powerful dunks.  He has shown an uncanny potential to flourish in any on the court situation and his every move is watched.

Duke has also developed quite nicely around their two high scoring stars.  Tre Jones has run the point guard position effectively and his defense often starts the machine and its roll.

Cam Reddish has struggled at times, but his potential points to more consistent play and aggressiveness during ACC play.  But when the four freshmen play together, they are at times unbeatable.

In the preseason, most analysts felt Javin DeLaurier and Marques Bolden would share the fifth starting spot.  Both of these players have shown flashes of solid play.  An injury set DeLaurier back a bit and Bolden has had some moments.

The most surprising contributor to date has been Jack White.  In fact, he is currently the fifth man due to his ability to fit in seamlessly.  White is flourishing in his captain's role on and off the court.

Duke has also been able to develop more depth in the way of Alex O'Connell.  A timely three-pointer here and there but more importantly being better on defense has made him an option.

The team will now face the gauntlet known as the ACC schedule.  And the league is good.  Florida State, North Carolina, N.C. State, Virginia, Virginia Tech are all off to solid starts and each is ranked.

The Duke staff will now have to prepare the team in a short time between games until the NCAA Tournament ends.

By all accounts, the time off has been beneficial for the players before the ACC slate,  It is the last time they can really catch their breath and reflect on how things have gone to date.   Those lessons learned can help prepare them for the stretch run.

From this point forward, the games and lessons come quickly.  In a sense, Duke is ahead of the curve with concern to chemistry,  This seasons teams core was set early on and there is little to no controversy to date.

It will be important for the collective team to learn in the coming battles, who takes shots and when in close contests.   When it is time to leak out into the passing lanes instead of leaving others open and so and much more.  Those are the lessons which will help guide them to their goal of getting to the Final Four.

One thing we know for certain.  That being that the hype will not go away.  During ACC play, Duke will have to learn to deal with expectations and how hard it is to bring your A game every night.  In short, they will get every teams best shot.

While this team has yet to achieve anything in the way of championships, they surely have the potential to be special.  This team has the air of those special teams past but it will take continued work and some luck for the ultimate success.

It will surely be fun for the Duke fan base to watch as the season unfolds with what has become one of the more likable teams in memory.  And that is saying a lot for Duke fans love all their teams.

Strap yourself in for what is now the greatest show in college basketball.  But there will be some bumps along the way and how the team deals with them will ultimately decide if they become truly special in the way of title memories.

 

 

Duke Basketball Autograph for Fans — Saturday

DURHAM, N.C. – The Duke men’s basketball team will host an autograph session for fans on Saturday, December 29 at Cameron Indoor Stadium from 2-4 p.m. ET.

Fans will be permitted to have a maximum of one item per person signed by the men's basketball student-athletes. Photos may be taken during the event, but due to time constraints, posed photos with players will not be permitted.

Doors will open at 1 p.m. and fans should enter Cameron Indoor Stadium through the South Hall of Honor. Duke’s normal bag policy will apply (no large bags and backpacks) and all bags will be searched upon entry.

Fans should utilize free parking in the Science Drive Garage, which is located at the corner of Science Drive and Cameron Boulevard. Parking for those with disabilities should use the Whitford Lot.

Two concession stands will be open on the Cameron Indoor Stadium concourse, along with one merchandise stand. The Johnson Family Team Store will open at 10 a.m. on Saturday, and Cameron Experience will operate on its normal schedule (10 a.m.-4 p.m.).

The No. 1-ranked Blue Devils (11-1) are back in action Saturday, January 5 versus Clemson at Cameron Indoor Stadium.