Mason Plumlee was praised by Coach Krzyzewski in the post game in that he scored a career high 28 points in a most efficient manner in the Blue Devils 88-67 win over Florida Gulf Coast on Sunday evening. Plumlee went 9 of 11 from the field and 10 of 11 from the free throw stripe in one of his better games in Durham. Blue Devil Nation Video caught up to the star Blue Devil after the game, so check out what he had to say -
Duke was in control of the basketball game against Wake Forest from the opening tip as they coasted to a 91-73 victory. Duke now sits alone atop the ACC at 4-0 but they will now prepare for a 3-1, hot Florida State team which invades Cameron in less than 48 hours.
The Andre Dawkins Show
The first half of the game belonged to Andre Dawkins who knocked down 21 points on 7 of 9 three pointers. Dawkins earned the praise of Krzyzewski in his post game speech which just concluded. Dawkins failed to score in the second half. Check out our interview with Andre per BDN Video. Dawkins knocked down five straight three point shots and Dawkins has now scored 20 plus points in two consecutive games and this was his 9th double figure scoring game for the season.
Ryan Kelly scored a double-double
Kelly went 8 of 11 from the field on his way to a team high 20 points to go with 10 rebounds. His consistent play was a huge factor for Duke as they maintained a working lead the entire game. Kelly has scored 20 points in two of his teams ACC wins and he scored in double figures for the 11th time this season.
Austin Rivers comes off the bench for the first time
Rivers started the game on the bench as Krzyzewski said he was checking new combinations, but maybe he should remain the sixth man if he puts up numbers like 20 points. Despite starting on the bench with 32 minutes of playing time, he basically still was a starter. His 3 of 4 from the three point stripe matched a career high. Austin has now scored in double figures 14 times this season and he leads the Blue Devils in scoring.
Just too much talent for Duke
The Blue Devils held Wake to zero three pointers in the first half and just 3 all game long. They also held the Wake bench scoreless at the half. Duke ended the game with a 43 to 8 points advantage, thanks to the aforementioned Kelly and Rivers. Duke held an 18-9 second chance point advantage as well and while they were outscored in the paint, that was due to their outside shots falling where they knocked down 11 three pointers. The Blue Devils also dished out 17 assists tonight.
This and that
Duke extended it's ACC home court streak to 45 games and 64 straight against unranked teams. This was the first game since March of 2010 that Duke had three 20 point scorers in one game. Duke is 51-9 when ranked #4 in the country. Four Blue Devils scored in double figures for the 11th time this season.
Post game videos
Below are Austin Rivers, Andre Dawkins and Ryan Kelly post game comments per BDN Video.
The Duke Blue Devils leaned on their staple man to man defense in a convincing 79-45 win over out-manned Miami of Ohio on Tuesday evening. Duke held their opponent to 33% shooting and scored 17 points off of forced turnovers on their way to their second win of the young season. Here are some of my thoughts on the contest.
Cameron was still rocking
I can be a little tough on the Cameron Crazies in that I have seen four decades of their exploits, but this season they've been outstanding. So much so, that I decided to lead with this. Coach Krzyzewski just stepped away from the podium and he had nice things to say about them as well. So, major props to the crazies from BDN for my ears are still ringing and I'm not kidding one bit when I say that.
Incredible Defense & Rebounding
Duke absolutely suffocated the Miami offense holding them to 45 points. It was literally hard for Miami to find any open looks save a couple of backdoors. Krzyzewski has to be happy with his defense in the early season but he was quick to point out that Duke would play heavyweights next week and that will be a much better barrometer of where his defense is on the young season. Miami sent one offensive player to the board and sent the other four players back on defense to stop Duke breaks but that allowed the Blue Devils to dominate the glass to the tune of 48-22.
Seth Curry was smooth as silk
I wanted to reserve judgement on Seth Curry until I watched him play in real games. I wondered and possibly even doubted his ability to score at a higher level than his days at Liberty. I am sold now. When Curry is hot get out of the way, for if you foul him he'll drain free throws to the tune of 6 of 6. Curry ended the game as Duke's leading scorer with 17 and he was 3 of 4 from the three in shots that barely moved the net. Imagine for a second, a scorer like this coming off the bench all season long.
Poor Colgate, they'll see a lot of Irving
Duke's standout freshman Kyrie Irving was saddled with early foul trouble and played a mere seven minutes in the first half. He had a nice flurry in the second half and ended the game with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 13 points but I got the impression from his look that he wanted more and he'll get a lot more when Colgate rolls in on Friday, that I promise. He may be humble, but he is hungry like a bear.
Ryan Kelly gets the start
Duke elected to start Ryan Kelly in place of Miles Plumlee and he answered with 7 points and 3 rebounds. Krzyzewski said he wanted to use some different combinations and that's what tonight's game was all about. As I said in the pre season, Duke will have several players start as the season progresses.
The first meeting with Miami but a former Red Hawk had Duke ties and beat the Heels
That was a mouthful, huh? This was the first time the two schools met on the basketball court, but back in the 70's Duke had a kid named Dave Elmer that transferred to Miami. Well, after sitting out a year, he went into Carmichael Auditorium at UNC and led his team to an upset win over the Tar Heels coached by Dean Smith. Just an aside ..
Double-Double for Mason Plumlee
Sophomore Mason Plumlee was manly grabbing 14 rebounds to go with 10 points this evening. It was clear from the start that Mason wanted anything that came off the boards. And those dunks! I'd have nightmares if somebody threw one of those down on me. Krzyzeswki said he thinks Plumlee is capable of those numbers all season long. His 14 boards were a career high as well.
And to wrap up the post game report, here are Coach K's comments after the game in their entirety -
Duke opened the season in grand style by defeating a pesky Princeton team 97-60 in their first game in the CBE Classic. After a sluggish start on the offensive end, Duke imposed their will in the second half and ran away from the visitors.
Duke was led in scoring by Nolan Smith with 22, followed by Kyle Singler with 16, Seth Curry 14 and Andre Dawkins with 13 to round out double figure scoring. Here are my game thoughts and observations -
Three ball still Duke's bread and butter
The Blue Devils connected on 14 of 26 three point shots which translated into 42 of their 97 points. In the pres season I exclaimed that Duke had more three point threats than at any other time in the Coach K era and the Devils are making me look like a prophet. When Duke nails the three to the tune of ten or better, it'll be hard to take them out.
Cameron Crazies honor Drew Everson and they were on fire all night
Just moments ago, Coach K praised the Cameron Crazies for bringing the most energy in an opener than at any other time in his career and he was right. The students were on their A game tonight it it helped propel Duke to reach deep when they struggled. The Viking helmets were a tribute to Drew Everson who passed away far too early in life. He was also one of the head line monitors. His parent were on hand tonight and they had to enjoy the love the students showed their son.
Kyrie Irving and the freshman make their debut
Irving dropped 9 assists to go with his 17 points making his debut quite successful. Tyler Thornton had a steal and then a bucket and a couple of assists to get his name in the books for the first time. Josh Hairston 2 points, 2 boards and a steal. Make no mistake, Kyrie is the real deal but he is still learning and that's scary for opposing teams. Kyrie was the first freshman PG to start at Duke since fellow New Jersey native Jason Williams.
Seth Curry made his debut too
Curry came off the bench at the 14:26 mark in the first half to make his collegiate debut and his 14 points was more than any other players debut save Roshown McLeod who actually started as a transfer in his first game. Curry really turned it on in the second half and nailed 3 of 5 three point shots for the game.
Leaders lead and Nolan and Kyle led Duke
Kyle Singler got into foul trouble by playing help defense according to Krzyzewski. Despite being saddled with fouls, Singler was 7-10 from the floor and 2 of 3 from the beyond the arc. Throw in 2 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks and his numbers speak loudly. Nolan led the team in scoring with 22 points and his 6 assists stand out as well. Irving said he played off their energy, the same energy they played with in the Final Four.
Pressure defense forces turnovers
Coach Krzyzewski loved the fact that Duke forced a methodical Princeton team into 27 turnovers which was the most since 2009. He said all along that Duke could press this year and trust me, Princeton is a well coached team that will never have that many turnovers again this season.
Cal Ripkin Jr. was in the house
The Baltimore Oriole's legend Cal Ripkin Jr. took in the action tonight along with his wife and son. It was obvious that he enjoyed the game. Being an Orioles fan I would have killed for an autograph but media protocol is something I adhere to. It was still cool to see one of my two favorite players of all time.
Zoubs beard still casts a shadow
Big ole Brian Zoubek took in the action and he got a pretty good cheer from the Crazies. Steve Johnson was there too and after my typo on twitter I cannot tell you what the Crazies were cheering about him.
Coming clean on the typo
As many of you know, we tweet observations from the game in Cameron and some road contests. I thought I typed Duke shot 40 something percent in the first half. The thing is that the "i" and "o" keys are beside each other and I can get in a rush with overloaded senses from being in Cameron. Hey, I'm human! Sign up for BDN Twitter and get lots of royal blue updates.
Marshall Plumlee and Rodney Purvis in the house
Future Blue Devil Marshall Plumlee and top prospect Rodney Purvis were behind the Duke bench tonight. For more on recruiting, come off a few ducks and join BDN Premium where we will overload your senses with royal blue information.
Another sell out
Duke has sold out 306 consecutive home openers but that streak would be a lot longer if .... I bet you didn't know that game came in the Bobby Hurley area versus Boston College who at that time was not in the ACC. The game was part of the pre season NIT and the Duke powers that be made the game a separate ticket from the season ticket package, meaning you had to buy it on your own. As it turns out there were about 700 or so unsold seats due to many not knowing of their availability. In short, had the tickets been part ff the season ticket package, that streak would be a lot longer. BDN was on the scene back then too. Check back in for more game coverage, but until then here are Coach K's post game comments vis BDN Audio -
DURHAM - The Duke Blue Devils looked like a bunch of roadrunners on Saturday evening on their way to a whopping 141-68 exhibition victory over the defending CIAA Champions, St. Augustine's. No matter who Duke went to on a ten player deep bench they didn't lose a thing no matter who was on the court.
Kyle Singler led Duke with 31 points and 8 boards, while six of his teammates scored in double figures. "I thought Kyle played great tonight. He's been shooting the ball like that," said Krzyzewski in his post game press conference.
Dawkins dropped 20, Irving 17, Curry and Smith had 15 apiece while Kelly added 12. Duke shot 65.7% from the field and the most impressive stat were their 39-0 edge in fast break points. Duke held a 34-13 edge in points off turnovers as well.
Duke doubled St. Augustine's in the paint 40-20 and six Blue Devils had multiple three point buckets and that will obviously be a major strength of this seasons team.
"This is a good shooting team and we want a lot of possessions because we can space the court. The thing we have to do is play defense and rebound and if we do that we can be very, very good," said Krzyzewski.
BDN Sidebar - Duke will have 12 days before they take to the court again against Cal Poly-Pomona in their final exhibition game and they open the season on November 14th for real against Princeton in the O'Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic. Duke scrimmaged with ACC officials this past week and Coach praised the guards assist-turnover ratio, but mentioned that the bigs were not as effective. Coach told me that the big men needed to be effective with fewer shots this season during Operation Basketball and he had to like Mason Plumlees total of 6-6 from the field to go with a 8 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 blocks which epitomizes what he is looking for. Check back in for more on Sunday and bookmark Blue Devil Nation for some of the best Duke Hoops coverage you'll find.