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Duke Shows Mental Toughness In Win Over Clemson

The Duke Blue Devils used a 9-0 run to close out a 66-57 victory over Clemson.  In the process, Duke took over sole possession of 2nd place in the Atlantic Coast Conference standings.  Duke now stands 22-5 overall this season and the team will likely move up several spots in the polls after consecutive wins.

Grayson Allen led Duke in the first half where he scored 17 points.  He would end the game with a team high 19 points to go with 4 steals.  The Captain had help from his teammates.   His backcourt mate Trevon Duval added 4 steals and 12 points.

Duval switched to the front of the zone defense against Clemson which was the role Allen had in the win over Virginia Tech.  The Duke zone defense frustrated their second straight conference opponent via active movement and communication.

The Blue Devils continued to show growth among its rotation and individual players.  Wendell Carter Jr. had a stellar second half after starting slowly.  Most of his points and rebounds came in the last half where he ended the game with 15 points, 10 rebounds and 3 blocked shots.

Gary Trent Jr. knocked down three huge free throws late in the contest and added 11 points to go with 7 rebounds.  Javin DeLaurier got his first career start and scored 2 points while pulling down 10 rebounds.  Duke also got good stats from Marques Bolden with 2 blocked shots and Jack White who found an opening in the defense for a first half dunk.

Duke held Clemson to just 34% from the floor and just 24% in the second half.  All in all, the team showed more mental toughness in a key road win.  The team will now close out the season with three of its last four games in Cameron Indoor Stadium.

DUKE (22-5): DeLaurier 0-1 2-3 2, Carter 4-14 6-7 15, Trent 3-10 3-4 11, Allen 4-10 9-9 19, Duval 5-11 1-2 12, White 1-1 0-0 2, Bolden 2-2 1-1 5, O’Connell 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 19-49 22-26 66.

CLEMSON (20-6): Skara 3-9 0-0 6, Simms 4-6 1-1 10, Thomas 5-13 3-4 13, Reed 3-14 6-7 13, DeVoe 1-10 0-0 3, William 0-1 0-0 0, Donnal 4-6 0-0 10, Trapp 1-1 0-0 2, Spencer 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 21-61 10-12 57.

Halftime—Duke 35-34. 3-Point Goals—Duke 6-13 (Allen 2-3, Trent 2-6, Carter 1-1, Duval 1-3), Clemson 5-20 (Donnal 2-2, Simms 1-2, Reed 1-6, DeVoe 1-8, Skara 0-2). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Duke 35 (DeLaurier, Carter 10), Clemson 33 (Thomas 15). Assists—Duke 7 (Allen 4), Clemson 17 (Reed 5). Total Fouls—Duke 14, Clemson 19. A—9,000 (10,000).

Marvin Bagley III Out vs Clemson

Marvin Bagley III

CLEMSON, S.C. -- Duke has announced that freshman forward Marvin Bagley III will miss Sunday's game at No. 11 Clemson as he continues to recover from a mild right knee sprain.


Bagley, who is leading the ACC in both scoring (21.2) and rebounding (11.4), sustained the injury in the first half at North Carolina on February 8. He has been held out of Duke's last two wins.


The 12th-ranked Blue Devils (21-5, 9-4) face the Tigers (20-5, 9-4) on Sunday at 1 p.m. on the ACC Network.

Defense Keys Duke Romp Over Hokies

Grayson Allen was the Player of the Game for Duke. Defense keys Duke win over Hokies.

The Duke Blue Devils played their best forty minutes of basketball this season.  The result was an impressive 74-52 ACC win over Virginia Tech.  The win sets up a situation where the (9-4 ACC, 21-5 overall) Blue Devils can move into second place with a win at Clemson this weekend.

Duke played zone the entire contest and more importantly they talked to one another on the defensive end.  "We stress talk.  The system we try to teach is offense, defense and communication.  But defensively, especially in zone, when you are talking you will be wider," said Krzyzewski.

The Duke coach also acknowledged it was his teams best defensive game of the season.  The Blue Devils helped themselves after a half time adjustment where the Hokies had nine turnovers after just one at the break.

Grayson Allen led Duke with 25 points and was the kind of leader the staff envisioned for Duke tonight.  "He's our leader.  We've had him off the ball a lot, so he has tried to lead from there but the ball is not in his hands.  With the ball in his hands he can make plays and call plays and is in more command, said Krzyzewski.

You can expect the strategy of Allen having the ball in his hands more to continue for Krzyzewski acknowledged it has helped the team in their last two outings.

All of the Duke players Blue Devil Nation spoke with after the game said this was their best 40 minute effort of the season.  And all of them had things to say about their communication in a zone defense that held a potent Hokies team to just 52 points.

Gary Trent Jr. added 19 points for Duke.  He was joined by Revon Duval (10 points) and Wendell Carter Jr. (13 points and 13 rebounds) as double figure scorers.

Duke started Marques Bolden (2 blocked shots) in the first half but opted for Javin DeLaurier in the second half.  DeLarurier played with energy and went 3 for 3 from the field and was on the end of some outstanding passes.  Those scores helped Duke gain continued energy in their victory.

The Blue Devils also scored 18 second chance points and tallied seven steals in the game to just one for the Hokies.  Duke held a monster advantage on the boards with a 36-19 advantage despite their leading scorer and rebounder in Marvin Bagley III being sidelined with an injury.

Duke can take over sole possession of 2nd place in the ACC with a win at Clemson this Sunday.  That game tips off at 1:00 and will be televised by the ACC Network.

Marvin Bagley III will be out for the Virginia Tech game

DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke has announced that freshman forward Marvin Bagley III will miss tonight’s game versus Virginia Tech as he continues to recover from a mild right knee sprain.

Bagley, who is leading the ACC in both scoring (21.2) and rebounding (11.4), sustained the injury in the first half of last Thursday’s game at North Carolina. He was held out of Sunday's 80-69 win at Georgia Tech.

The 12th-ranked Blue Devils (20-5, 8-4) face the Hokies at 7 p.m. tonight on ESPN2.

E.J. Montgomery in for the Virginia Tech game

E.J. Montgomery will visit Duke on Wednesday.

Duke will get a visit from E.J. Montgomery this Wednesday for their game with Virginia Tech.  The Blue Devils are hoping to add Montgomery to a stellar class as there are projected losses to the NBA via early entry.

Montgomery is a power forward and one of the best players in the nation. The highly rated young prospect will also be visiting North Carolina  for their game with Notre Dame.

Several southeastern schools which include Kentucky and South Carolina are also seeking his service.  There is no timetable at this time for his eventual decision.  Montgomery was originally committed to Auburn and re-opened his recruitment.  He is from Marietta, Georgia and plays for Wheeler H.S.

Coach K on the win over GT

Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski

Opening Statement:
“We’re proud of our win. [Georgia Tech has] been hurt, and they lost their point guard [Jose Alvarado]. It actually shows the
character of their program. In some respects, they played the second half better. They’re an important man down, and hopefully
he’s going to be okay. I don’t know what happened to him, but he didn’t return. He’s a really good kid and a really good player. I
thought putting the ball in [Josh] Okogie’s hand is not a bad thing to do. He’s just really a good player. He gives his whole team more
confidence. He played his heart out.

We’re proud of the win and we were a man down too in [Marvin] Bagley not being able to play. We did something different in our
starting lineup and playing on Sunday nights is not easy. For a young
group, we did a good job. [Trevon] Duval also came off the bench w/ his best performance in a couple of weeks. He really hit the
biggest shot of the game because it got down to 12 a little but under seven [minutes]. We called a timeout and set something up.
Grayson had a rushed shot, and he passed it up to hit him in the corner and he knocked it down. That was a big response because
down to 12, the world can look like it’s falling apart.

We got a great response from a kid who didn’t start for the first time and gotthe confidence from a veteran to get him the ball.

On Duke’s starting five:
“Marques [Bolden] can’t play extended minutes. One, he’s just a big guy. Two, he was out for five weeks and he’s still not in game
condition. He played 25 minutes tonight, but his best minutes were early. He should be a great sub for Wendell [Carter] and Marvin
[Bagley] and play somewhere between 15 and 18 minutes and play it really hard and run and whatever.”

On Georgia Tech’s Moses Wright and Evan Cole:
“You’re never surprised at anything in our league. That’s what I’m saying about the character of their team. Although it’s a great
time to put them in. They’re 22 points down [with] a lot of game left and, all of a sudden, it’s their time. That’s what happens in
sport every once in a while: kids get their opportunity. Both played really well. I mean big‐time plays. In this game, Josh [Pastner]
probably found something. He found two kids that want to play. They’re real big because [Abdoulaye] Gueye didn’t have the game
he usually has. Those kids stepped up for them. Whenever you have [Tadric] Jackson out there… he’s a good player. I think every
coach in the league would like to have Jackson on his team.”

On Duke’s defense:
“Overall, our defense was very good. Even in the games we’ve lost, people have shot under 40 percent. What’s happened is we’ve
given them second shots and we’ve turned it over too much. Today, we handled the ball better and we turned it over a couple of times
late. We still aren’t where I want us to be with defensive rebounding. We’re trying not to have Marques [Bolden] run all over the
court in ballscreen defense, so we’re able to keep it compact. Overall, we played a really good game but there were segments
where we were really playing well. I’m happy with that.”