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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.

Jabari Parker names to Oscar Robertson Trophy Watch List

13DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke freshman Jabari Parker is one of 15 players on the Oscar Robertson Trophy Watch List as announced by the USBWA Tuesday. Parker, one of four freshman named to the list, opens the season for Duke Friday, Nov. 8 against Davidson (7 p.m. - ESPNU) at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Parker, an All-America selection by several preseason publications, made his Duke debut at the Blue Devils' annual Countdown to Craziness event Oct. 18. He dazzled the crowd with his play in the Blue-White Scrimmage, finishing with 24 points and 14 rebounds, and in the dunk contest when he jumped over three kids from the Duke Children's Hospital.

Parker continued his solid play in exhibition wins over Bowie State and Drury as the Chicago native averaged 14.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 2.0 blocks and 2.0 steals per game. He shot 52.9 percent (9-of-17) from the field and 71.4 percent (10-of-14) from the free throw line in exhibition play.

Oscar Robertson Trophy Watch List

Jahii Carson, Arizona State

Aaron Craft, Ohio State

C. J. Fair, Syracuse

Aaron Gordon, Arizona

Gary Harris, Michigan State

Joe Harris, Virginia

Doug McDermott, Creighton

Mitch McGary, Michigan

Shabazz Napier, Connecticut

Jabari Parker, Duke

Adreian Payne, Michigan State

Julius Randle, Kentucky

Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State

Russ Smith, Louisville

Andrew Wiggins, Kansas