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It Had to Happen – Duke Loses 1st Game

K vs NCSAs I sit in the media room, todays result has some doubting Duke after a single loss. Joking or not it happen and that’s why there are two undefeated teams left in all the land. The ACC is tough this season and Duke ran into a red-hot N.C. State team led by their shooters Ralston Turner and Trevor Lacey who combined for 37 points. Their play and the Wolfpack shooting lights out from three sent the Blue Devils to their first loss of the season by a 87-75 score.

It was just one of those games where and inspired effort was enough to knock the #2 team in the nation from the ranks of the undefeated. Any time a team goes 10 of 16 from the three point stripe they generally win and tonight, Duke got a taste of its own medicine. The loss also sends Duke to 2-1 in a now jumbled ACC race and they have little time to mope with Miami, another team built on three point shooters coming into Cameron on Tuesday evening.

Duke was led by Jahlil Okafor who tallied 23 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, but the Wolfpack defense limited his shots a key times. Duke shot their worst percentage of the season at 36.9% from the field and they knocked down just 7 of three point shots. The Blue Devils were also outscored in the paint 40-26 where the Pack managed to find open guys too many times for easy dunks.

Coach Mike Krzyzewski said his team got itself into a big hole, down too many points to rely on a comeback. He referred that chance as a snowball’s chance but did say his team rolled up the best one they could late in the game but the Pack hit their free throws. He also said his team had to learn from the loss, especially the freshman while lauding the play of N.C. State. “We have freshman expected to play like upperclassman because they play for Duke,” said Krzyzewski.

Duke has lost four of it’s last five contests to N.C. State in Raleigh and five of their last six games in the PNC Arena counting last years NCAA loss.

Here is what Coach Mike Krzyzewski had to say about the loss post game –


Duke Goes To 14-0 With Win Over Wake

JustiseWINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Leave it to No. 2 Duke’s lone scholarship senior to lead his freshman-dominated team out of its only second-half deficit of the season.

Quinn Cook scored nine of his 12 points after the Blue Devils fell behind late, helping them beat Wake Forest 73-65 on Wednesday night.

Justise Winslow scored a season-high 20 points and fellow freshman Jahlil Okafor added 12 points and 11 rebounds in their first Atlantic Coast Conference road game.

But Cook came through in the final 5 minutes for the Blue Devils (14-0, 2-0), who kept pace with No. 1 Kentucky and No. 3 Virginia as the last unbeaten teams in Division I.

“This team’s tough,” Cook said. “Together. We don’t want to lose.”

Duke shot 44 percent and pulled away by scoring on eight straight possessions down the stretch to win its closest game all year. The Blue Devils had won each of their first 13 by double figures.

Rasheed Sulaimon added 10 points for the Blue Devils, who dropped four of their previous five ACC road openers and lost in their last visit to Winston-Salem in March.

“There’s a sense of urgency with every ACC game that you can’t manufacture,” coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “You have to experience it.”

Devin Thomas scored 24 points and Codi Miller-McIntyre added 13 for the Demon Deacons (8-8, 0-3).

They shot nearly 56 percent in the second half and gave a top-five opponent fits for the second straight game before fading.

“We lost. You compete to win. That’s the bottom line,” first-year coach Danny Manning said. “We’ve got to find ways to get the desired result that we want, and that’s a win.”

Miller-McIntyre gave Wake Forest its first lead since the opening minutes when his three-point play with 6:04 remaining made it 56-55. He added a free throw on the next possession to push the lead to two.

Cook countered with a three-point play two possessions later to make it 58-57 and put Duke back on top to stay.

Matt Jones converted a pretty layup, then two possessions later swished what Krzyzewski called “the biggest bucket” — a 3-pointer that stretched the lead to 64-59 with 2 1/2 minutes to play.

Cook added a jumper with 51.9 seconds left before going 4 for 4 from the free throw line in the final 41 seconds — the first two of those pushing Duke’s lead to double figures for the first time, 71-61.

As a Team
• Duke earned its 14th win of the year, marking the seventh time in program history the Blue Devils opened the season with 14 straight wins.
• Duke moved to 164-78 when facing Wake Forest. Duke also improved to 120-18 when ranked No. 2 in the AP Poll with the win.
• The win over Wake Forest marked the first game this season the Blue Devils did not beat a team by more than 10 points. Duke is defeating opponents by an average of 23.5 points per game this season.
• Duke and Wake Forest faced one another for the242nd time, making it the most played series in league history.

Closing on 1K
• With the win, Coach K improved to 997-306 all-time and 924-247 at Duke. He is three wins shy of becoming the first Division I men’s coach in NCAA history to record 1,000 career victories.
• Wednesday’s win moved Coach K’s record against ACC opponents to 419-168.
• Duke improved to 14-0 for the seventh time under Coach K. The last time the Blue Devils started a season 14-0 under Coach K occurred during the 2012-13 season.

Cook on Duke’s All-Time Charts
• Quinn Cook scored double-digit points for the 13th game this season and the 59th time in his career, netting 12 points on 3-of-9 (.333) shooting. Cook remained in 47th on Duke’s all-time scorers list with 1,159 points.
• Cook posted two assists against Wake Forest to bring his career assists total to 449. Cook remains in 11th on Duke’s all-time assists list.
• Cook’s 1-of-5 (.200) shooting performance from beyond the arc extended his consecutive games with a made three-pointer streak to an ACC-leading 24. Cook’s last game without at least one made three pointer came against Maryland on Feb. 15, 2014.

On the Offensive End
• Duke trailed for a season-high 5:06 in tonight’s contest, bringing the team’s total time trailing this season to 11:19 through the first 14 games of the season. The Blue Devils previously trailed 6:13 through the first 13 games. Duke trailed by six points in the first half, the most points Duke has trailed by this season.
• Duke has outscored its opponents in every half of a game this season except in the second half against Stanford (Nov. 22) and the second half against Elon (Dec. 15).
• Four or more Blue Devils scored in double digits for the 11th game this season (Winslow-20, Okafor-12, Cook-12, Sulaimon-10).
• Duke committed 14 turnovers, just the third time this season the Blue Devils committed more turnovers than their opponent, and the first time since Duke faced Connecticut on Dec. 18.

Fast Starts
• Duke has led at halftime in all 14 of its games and has outscored teams in the first half by an average of 12.6 points a game this season.
• Duke is shooting a combined 193-of-385 (.501) from the field in the first half of games this year.

Devilish Defense
• Today’s contest marked the 11th game this season that an opponent connected on five or fewer three pointers.
• Opponents are averaging just 4.1 made three-point field goals a game while facing Duke, compared to the Blue Devils’ 7.8 made three-pointers.
• Duke forced Wake Forest to commit 11 turnovers. Duke has recorded double-digit takeaways in all 14 games this season.

Fresh Faces
• For the 14th straight game, three freshmen (Tyus Jones, Jahlil Okafor and Justise Winslow) started, marking the first time since 1983 that three or more freshmen started 14 consecutive games in the Coach K era.
• Wednesday’s game marked the 49th time during the Coach K era three freshmen started. In 1982-83, three or more freshmen started 27 games, the highest number of games with three or more freshmen starting under Coach K.
• Two or more Duke freshmen scored double digits in a game for the 12th time this season (Winslow-20, Okafor-12).
• Winslow led Duke in scoring for the second time this season, netting a season-high 20 points on 7-of-17 (.412) shooting. A freshman has served as Duke’s leading scorer in 11 of the team’s 14 games.


Duke vs Wake By The Numbers

,,njThe Opening Tip

• Duke (13-0, 1-0) faces Wake Forest (8-7, 0-2) Wednesday, Jan. 7 in its first road conference game of the season. Tipoff is set for 9:00 p.m. with the ACC Network televising the contest.

• The Blue Devils look to begin the season with 14 straight wins for the seventh time in school history (all under Mike Krzyzewski).

• Duke enters the game ranked No. 2 in the AP Poll and the USA Today Coaches Poll. The Blue Devils are 119-18 when ranked No. 2 in the AP Poll. Wake Forest is unranked in both polls.

• Wednesday’s contest marks the 242nd meeting between the two schools, making it the most-played series among ACC opponents.

• Duke has lost its ACC road opener in four of the past five seasons.

• Jahlil Okafor was named ACC Player & Rookie of the Week after averaging 26.3 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game in leading the Blue Devils to victories over Toledo, Wofford and Boston College.

The Last Time Out

• Jahlil Okafor scored a season-high 28 points and added eight rebounds to lead Duke to an 85-62 win over Boston College Saturday, Jan. 3. He was 7-of-11 from the field and 14-of-17 from the foul line to set a Duke freshman record for made free throws in a game.

• Quinn Cook (15), Justise Winslow (13) and Rasheed Sulaimon (11) also reached double figures. Cook and Sulaimon each knocked down three three-point field goals, while Winslow added seven rebounds, four assists and two blocked shots.

• The Blue Devils blocked a season-high 10 shots in the game with Okafor and Marshall Plumlee each collecting four blocked shots.

By the numbers

• The Blue Devils are one of three remaining undefeated teams in the NCAA. Duke is the only team in the country to win each game by 10 or more points.

• Duke has won each of the first 13 games by 10 or more points, marking the first time in program history it has accomplished that feat.

• The Blue Devils have trailed for just 6:13 through the first 13 games of the season. Duke’s largest deficit this season has been four points.

• Duke is seeking its first 14-game win streak since the start of the 2012-13 season. Duke opened that season with 15 consecutive victories.

• Freshmen Tyus Jones, Jahlil Okafor and Justise Winslow have started all 13 games for the Blue Devils. Mike Krzyzewski has started three or more freshmen in a game 48 times at Duke, including 27 times during the 1982-83 season. The trio combines to average 41.9 points, 17.2 rebounds and 9.0 assists per game.

• Jahlil Okafor has scored 20 or more points in six of the last eight games and is averaging 21.8 points on 73.4 percent (69-of-94) shooting from the field in that span. He set a Duke ACC debut record with a season-high 28 points in Saturday’s win over Boston College.

• Justise Winslow is averaging 14.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game over the past two contests. He went 10-of-18 (.555) from the field, including 3-of-6 (.500) from three-point range, in that stretch.

• Quinn Cook is averaging a career-high 14.5 points per game while also posting career bests in field goal percentage (.481), three-point field goal percentage (.395), three-point field goals (2.62 3pg.) and free throw percentage (.962). He has scored in double figures 12 times this season.

• Jahlil Okafor has the highest field goal percentage (.682) in the NCAA among players attempting seven or more shots per game. Okafor has shot over 70.0 percent from the field in eight of Duke’s 13 games.

• Quinn Cook has made at least one three-point field goal in each of the past 23 games. He is shooting 40.9 percent (56-of-137) from behind the arc in that stretch. Cook is second in the ACC in three-point field goals (2.62 3pg.) and fifth in three-point percentage (.395) this season.

• Guards Rasheed Sulaimon and Matt Jones combined for 19 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals in the win over Boston College. The tandem was 5-of-7 (.714) from three-point range as Duke’s bench outscored the Eagles, 22-5.

• Tyus Jones is averaging 12.3 points, 4.6 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 1.6 steals per game over the past seven contests. He is 20-of-43 (.463) from the field and 38-of-45 (.844) from the foul line in that stretch. Jones has four double figure scoring games, including a pair of 20-point efforts, in that span.

• Duke ranks first or second in the ACC in seven statistical categories (scoring offense, scoring margin, field goal percentage, three-point field goal percentage defense, assists, assist-to-turnover ratio and turnover margin).

• Duke has outrebounded its opponent in 12 of 13 games on the year and owns a +8.3 rebound margin. Michigan State is the only team to outrebound the Blue Devils this season.

• The Blue Devils are shooting 55.4 percent (191-of-345) from the field in the second half of play, including 82.5 percent (52-of-63) shooting from Jahlil Okafor. He is 27-of-29 (.931) from the field after halftime over the past six games.


Duke Drops Pesky Toledo 86-69

B3ZjNbnCQAAusd8After jumping out to an early 18-4 lead, it looked as if the number two ranked Blue Devils were going to cruise to another win.  But Toledo roared back to pull with 41-37 at the half and suddenly this was a hard-fought affair.

Duke would ultimately break away in the second half for an 86-69 victory and in the process push their season record to 11-0.  The Blue Devils were once again led by Jahlil Okafor who talked a game high 27 points.  But it was the guard play down the stretch of senior Quinn Cook and freshman Tyus Jones that allowed Duke to finally pull away.

Cook scored 20 points for the undefeated Blue Devils while Tyus Jones chipped in with 15 points and a game high 8 assists.  The duo went 15 for 15 combined from the free throw stripe as well.

Every time it looked like Duke would pull away, the Rockets would battle back, mainly on the play of Julius Brown who led them with 19.  Brown consistently scored off ball screens and Duke not rotating.

Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski praised the Rockets in the post game press conference and for good reason.  He lauded a veteran club playing a tough schedule for pushing his Blue Devils and allowing them to learn more about themselves as a team.

This was the kind of game which prepares team well for the coming ACC wars but first Duke must take on Wofford on Wednesday,  Like Toledo, Wofford is an experienced and well coached team.

Duke has now won 115 consecutive non conference home games in Cameron Indoor Stadium.  Coach Mike Krzyzewski was the recipient of his 994th win as a college coach as he closes in on 1000 wins, a mark which has never been achieved.

With the win, the 2nd ranked Blue Devils become second in wins of any team in college hoops this decade, at 161 which is four ahead of 3rd place Syracuse and three game behind Kansas.

Here is what Tyus Jones and Jahlil Okafor had to say post game –

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No. 2 Duke Defeats UConn

Clemson v DukeEAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Freshman point guard Tyus Jones scored 21 points, Justise Winslow hit two key baskets late in the game and No. 2 Duke beat defending national champion Connecticut 66-56 on Thursday night.

Winslow and Jahlil Okafor — the other two members of the Blue Devils’ trio of talented freshmen — added 12 points apiece. Ahead 30-25 at the break, Duke (10-0) got off to a slow start in the second half and UConn (4-4) tied it.

Amile Jefferson added 11 points and 13 rebounds for Duke in a game that had the feel and intensity of a NCAA tournament contest.

Ryan Boatright had 22 points to lead the Huskies. Kentan Facey added 14 points and Daniel Hamilton had 10.

Duke has won all 10 of its games by at least 10 points, but this one was a lot closer being played in the Izod Center in the Meadowlands sports complex before a near sellout, pro-Huskies crowd.

The Blue Devils led by five at the half despite turning the ball over 12 times, but it was obvious Coach K was not happy. After Duke missed the opening shot of the second half, Connecticut got an easy basket.

That didn’t turn the tide right away. UConn tied the game at 30 and had a chance to take the lead but Boatright missed the second of two free throws.

It was all Duke after that. The Blue Devils went on a 15-2 spurt with Winslow putting in a rebound and Jones hitting a layup for the first four points.

Connecticut made a couple of runs. It drew within 53-45 on one of Boatright’s three second-half 3-pointers, but Okafor hit two free throws.

Consecutive rebound follows by Facey got UConn within 57-51 with 3:48 to play, but Winslow hit a 3-pointer off a Jones feed and Jones added two free throws to push the lead to 62-51.

Connecticut’s last chance came when Boatright hit another 3-pointer to close to gap to 62-56 with 2:00 to go, but Winslow followed the second of two missed free throws by Okafor with a rebound layup and Duke was never threatened.

Quinn Cook added 10 points for Duke, which did not get a point from its bench. The Blue Devils came into the game shooting almost 54 percent from the field. They were limited to 37.5 percent by Connecticut on 18 of 48 shooting. The difference was at the free throw line where Duke was 25 of 34.

Connecticut, which shot nearly 43 percent, only took 13 free throws, making seven.