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Duke Advances With Thrilling OT Comeback

Duke advances with thrilling comeback win over Texas in the PK80 Tournament in Portland, Oregon.

The Duke Blue Devils looked dead in the water when they were down 16 points to Texas with just over eleven minutes to go in the 2nd half.  But despite the teams youth and their captain in Grayson Allen fouling out, Duke (7-0) posted a thrilling 85-78 overtime victory over a game Texas (4-1) team.

"This was a magnificent victory because we were totally outplayed.  It looked like we were unprepared.  They were sharp and we were the worse we have been this season," said Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski referring to the teams 1st half effort and part of the 2nd as well.

And he was right.  Duke was down large at the half and nothing was going right.  They were simply being outplayed in pretty much every area of the game.  But there is a reason you hang in there until the end and Duke did that despite their youth and mounting stress.

"It was a very calm locker room.  The kids believed in what we were doing and each other," said Krzyzewski of how his players felt being down by 11 at the break.

Duke was beaten on the boards in the first half while turning the ball over multiple times where Texas had but a single turnover.  The Blue Devils would hold a 10 rebound advantage in the second half and that with a never say die attitude helped the team to a win.

As the game wore on, Duke was able to get the Longhorns in foul trouble.  Bamba fouled out on a key Gary Trent Jr. basket late in the game.  Texas would hang on for a bit longer but once Duke took the lead, they lost it just one more time down the stretch,

Duke would lose their captain, Grayson Allen on a charging call but the Blue Devils reached deep.  Allen ended the game with 12 points, all of which came in the second half.

The aforementioned Trent tallied 17 points while grabbing 8 rebounds.  His three-point play which fouled out Texas center Mohamed Bamba was one of the plays of the game.  Or should I say, one of many.

Wendell Carter Jr. added another double-double for Duke of 14 points and 11 rebounds.  He scored key baskets and pulled down rebounds with the game on the line.

The big difference maker for Duke was once again the play of its fabulous freshman Marvin Bagley III. "As they say in the NBA, he was a problem.. with a capital P.  You talk about a kid playing with all his heart -- he was terrific," said Krzyzewski.

Bagley would end the game with 34 points which ties a Duke record originally set by JJ Redick as the most points of any freshman newcomer in a single game.  He would also add 15 rebounds and Texas had no long-term answer for him.

Duke had five freshman out on the court in overtime, yet they found a way to win.  It wasn't easy for Texas deserves a lot of credit for a Herculean effort.

What the Blue Devils did in the process was to grow a little more as individuals and a team.  The Blue Devils found that winning effort in the end which sends  them to the Championship game against the winner of the Florida-Gonzaga game.

When Duke could have folded the tent and accepted a loss down 16, they instead gutted it out.  What we witnessed was an early season PK80 basketball match up which had a late season like tournament atmosphere.

It is only November and there are four months of basketball to be played before March.  But this Duke teams youngsters won on the road for the first time in a difficult situation.  They can do an even bigger thing with another victory against what will be an undefeated, ranked and older team this Sunday evening.


Duke Rolls Past Furman 92-63

Marvin Bagley III

The Duke Blue Devils defeated a pesky Furman team 92-63 in Cameron Indoor Stadium to push their season record to 5-0.  Duke outscored the smaller Paladins by a whopping 64-28 in the paint.

Wendell Carter Jr. grabbed 9 of those rebounds to go with his 14 points in just 24 minutes of play.  Marvin Bageley III added another 8 boards to go with his team high 24 points.

Grayson Allen had an off shooting night where he had a season low 5 points but led the team in assists with 6 dimes.  Duke also got another solid effort from Javin DeLaurier who had 4 blocked shots, 6 points, 6 rebounds and 3 steals.  Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski said he had been doing those kind of things all season when questioned of his high motor style.

Perhaps the most impressive player for Duke was Trevon Duval.  The freshman point guard has seen his assist fall off of late and he dished 4 tonight.  But Duval added 18 points on a variety of offensive moves.  When questioned by Blue Devil Nation in the post game he admitted that he loves to play on the move more than half court.

Duke rebounded from a lack luster performance in their last outing by defeating a difficult team to defend.  Furman is one of the top teams in the Southern Conference despite falling to 2-2 on the season.  "I thought we played hard and well together and defeated a good team," stated Krzyzewski.

In the end, Duke was just too big for Furman.  "The two big guys they don't have.  Marvin and Wendell did a great job.  Duke also held Furman from their usual three-point barrage, although they started to hit some once the game was out of reach,

Duke will go to class tomorrow before a short practice and then head out to Portland, Oregon for the PK-80 tournament.  Krzyzewski thinks his team is in a good place and mentioned that the season and practices have gone well to date save one hiccup in the win over Southern.

The long time Duke coach also said that the team had been able to practice where they did not before their last outing.   He is quick to mention his team is young and adjusting to going to school, playing basketball and the travel his team has had to date,  Once the dust clears, Duke will have played 9 games in 20 days.

With tonight's win Duke extended their home court winning streak in Cameron to 137 consecutive games.  Duke played its 154th game as the number one team in the nation.  Mike Krzyzewski won his 1076th win.

Duke Trips Up Southern, Goes to 4-0

The Duke Blue Devils moved to 4-0 on the young season with a victory 78-61  win over Southern.

The game featured the return of Marvin Bagley III who was back after going out early in the first half in the Blue Devils win over Michigan State.  Bagley had a double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds,

Wendell Carter Jr. also added a double-double of  20 points and 11 rebounds.  He led the team in scoring.  Grayson Allen and Trevon Duval scored 10 points each for Duke.

Duke played an especially sloppy first half where they were clearly hung over from the win over Michigan State.  The 0-4 Southern Jaguars played with heart and were tied with the Blue Devils 27 all with 6:50 to go in the first half.

A mild Duke run put the Blue Devils ahead at the half 42-32.  During that stretch Bagley blocked a Jaguar shot where Allen picked it up on the run for the two which brought the Crazies into the game.

Duke would play slightly better in the second half, but it was clear they were a bit flat.  Duke was just 4 of 20 from beyond the three-point stripe while almost doubling the Jaguars turnovers.

Southern also got 37 points from its bench to a mere 11 for Duke.  Duke did outscore them in the paint but failed to take advantage of their significant height advantage in a consistent manner,

Despite the performance, there is little need for worry.  "We want to be where we've been," stated Krzyzewski in the post game.  He will have two opportunities to practice on Saturday and Sunday where he will get the team back into focus.

When you have been at a school as long as Krzyzewski has, you learn not to overreact to off games where the team doesn't dominate.  "Hey, we the game and that's a good thing, isn't it?" said the Duke head man after his 1002nd win in Durham.

Duke will next face Furman in Cameron Indoor Stadium this Monday evening in a game that tips off at 7:00.  The Blue Devils will then head to Portland, OR for the loaded PK-80 event the very next day,  That event starts on November 23rd and runs through the 26th.  The Blue Devils first opponent will be Portland State.  All of those games will be carried on ESPN.

The entire Duke team will go to Jeff Capel II's funeral on Sunday.  Capel III returned to the sidelines tonight and will be at tomorrows practice before heading back to handle family matters.

Chatting up Duke Freshmen Wendell Carter

Wendell Carter

Blue Devil Nation chatted up Duke freshmen Wendell Carter recently and here is how that conversation went.

A lot of changes since I last saw you on the Nike circuit.  You've cut your hair.  Are you going to keep it short now?

I don't know, I don't know.  We'll see how it's feeling.   I might row it back out in a little bit.

What has been your biggest adjustment so far?

Time management.  We are out here and basically on our own now.  We are required to get to practice and class on time.  You don;t have your parents to reinforce what you have to do, so time management has been my biggest adjustment.

I am looking at a rebuilt body.  


How did that come about?

A great coaching staff, weight lifting and my trainer has us on a great eating plan.  So just taking care of your body and doing a lot of work in the weight room.

What do you think your role will be this season?  I mean nobody has likely ever played with this many big men who can all play.

We are all kind of looking for our role right now.  Me, Marvin and Marques and Antonio are all looking at what we can do to better fit the team.  It is kind of like a gray area where we are trying to figure it all out, but we are really great friends off the court, so I think we should be fine.

(Grayson Allen walked by and gave Carter a solid whack on his rear about this time.  To his credit, Carter just played it off as a smiling Allen walked away.)

What do you think about that?

That's just Grayson.

What has he been like as a leader so far this year?

He's been a really great leader and somebody I can talk to on or off the court.  He is just easy to relate to and has a great sense of humor, but he knows when it is time to lock in and when it is time to have fun.

Who is your go to guy among the assistant coaches?

Umm, shoot... if I had to pick one I guess it would be Jeff Capel.  I mean he recruited me and we had the greatest relationship out of all the coaching staff.  So, that is someone I can go to when I have problems.

What are the coaches emphasizing?

The biggest thing they are telling me is I've got to run.  The game is a lot faster than it was in high school.  It is more so like you just have to go out there and play and not over think the game because the ball is going to find the right person.

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Coach K Talks Duke Basketball

Coach K talks Duke Basketball

Coach Mike Krzyzewski addressed the media today.  The vast majority of the questions and answers were directed at the latest happenings in college basketball.  That being the situation with shoe camps and assistant coaches caught in scandals.

Since you will be reading about that pretty much everywhere within a few hours, I will concentrate on the few things he said about this years team.

Opening Statement

"We have had a few practices that have gone well.  The whole fall and summer we have been pretty much injury free.  We made a lot of changes in how we were going to condition and test and that has gone real well and we're in good shape.  The only kid who has had a little bit of a problem is Javin (DeLaurier) who had a little bit of an issue with his hamstring on Saturday.

We will keep him out.  We will practice today, tomorrow and Thursday and then there is Fall Break for our school and we will have off until next Tuesday evening.  We will keep Javin out until then. He's been a big surprise, he has had a great off-season.

I'm pleased with out team -- we are not a team yet.  We are a much different team than last year because we are big.  We are very big and athletic.  We normally have this plethora of shooters, but probably, well, we don't have that many.  We will not be the outside shooting force we have in previous years.  But hopefully we will be an outstanding rebounding team and defensive team while playing up and down the court.

Our freshman just need to communicate with one another.  They get along with each other off the court, not that they do not on the court.  But communication ...reinforcing the roles of others is a very difficult thing to teach a young player.  There mind (as a freshmen) is more inward than outward.  So the more we can adjust that the more communication we will have.

I am in good shape, I am 7 weeks out from my knee replacement.  I am not where I am going to be but I am really good.  I have done two rehabs a day for two weeks.

On his Defense with a Big Team

"One of the things we are doing right now is trying to learn about our guys.  Instead of putting them into an old system, it takes time to figure our guys out.  Obviously, if we went real big, it lends itself if we play zone.  If you had Bolden, Wendell and Bagley in and we will at certain times or starting. "

"What does that do? How do you play them offensively.  We are still going to play man but we can do some zone and that is a very big zone.  Whether you play them with Trevon and Grayson or Grayson and Gary, I think this will be a unique process of seeing what we can do. I think this will very much be a developing team and when I say that it is not a cop-out.  Are we suppose to win right away?  So, be it.  But who we are right...and who we can be...I think we will keep getting better as the season goes on."

On being so young

It means that players who have played little and are sophomores need to be empowered to express the culture.  Because, they know it but do not have the credibility of playing time but do have the credibility of being here.  And out managers and staff will be a part of that.  Team building things we did in the off-season help with that.  There could be some team slippage x's and o's wise or culture wise.  The fabric of a junior-senior season team is hard to replicate and we have to adapt and figure out how to win and keep up our standards.

On Grayson Allen

"One, you can only vote for a senior, K says laughing.  He deserves the opportunity to lead.  Often times the best leader is the one who has gone through the most experiences.  I think it a tremendous opportunity for him and the guys.  He's in great shape (knocks on wood - really)  and he is playing lights out basketball right now."

On Javin

He's as good an athlete as we have.  To get back to this...it does not mean that every kid who leaves high school has to go pro straight away to get there.  I think Javin will eventually be a pro.  It is just the process of becoming that will take longer.  He is long, 6-9, 230 and he is a really good athlete who has become a really good rebounder.  He eats up the court when he runs and he can defend multiple positions.  We could have him out on the perimeter or he could be one of our bigs.  He has earned it.  I don't want to say we have five starters but he is in that group that can play significant minutes this season.