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Watzone’s Monday Musings – Coach Krzyzewski, Duke Hoops, Cheerleader of the Week

BDN's Cheerleader of the Week

It's another Monday morning and that means a new edition of Watzone's Monday Musings.  I'm a little upset that I will not make it to New York tomorrow night in that I have been there for most of Coach Mike Krzzyzewski's milestone wins and this is the biggest one of all!  We will have Andrew Slater there, so rest easy knowing BDN is always represented.  I mean, is there anything else more news worthy than Coach becoming the NCAA's All Time Wins Leader?  Still, we'll try to talk a little about other happenings, so here we go -

K - R - Z -Y -Z - E -W - S - K - I

Coach K has become a brand name and for good reason.  The man is an ambassador for all of basketball, Team USA's lead man and so much more.  But his name is Mike Krzyzewski and he deserves the respect of people spelling out his name instead of taking the easy way out with Coach, the 11th letter of the alphabet.  To this day I watch as media members still fumble with his name.  After 902 wins, you would think they would have it down pat, huh?  If you are around mid day or just after 12:30 or so, follow me on out twitter page for I will be tweeting his press conference comments as they happen.

The Michigan State game

The stage is set in New York City in the famed Madison Square Garden for Duke to win one for their coach and the world to acknowledge his incredible accomplishments.  But this game will be a test of a young teams mettle.  The Blue Devils hung on for a win over a tough Belmont team but showed when the game gets tight, to some extent, so do they.  This is something that happens to a young team that has not established a go-to guy yet and they could face a similar situation in New York.  It will be interesting to see if the immense pressure of winning this game for their coach will make them push too hard or be so emotional that they are spent early on.  Oh!  That's right!  Duke has Coach Krzyzewski, so all will likely work out.

Mason Plumlee

Mase is having a good start to the season averaging 15.5 ppg, 11.0 rebounds per game and an even more impressive 4.0 assists per contest.  Duke will need for Plum 2 to remain consistent for success this season and Mason seems ready for the challenge.  The physically gifted junior is coming into his own and he can do things athletically few can down low.  It seems like yesterday when I was hanging with Mason at the North Carolina State High School Basketball Championships.  As they say, time flies!

Brother Miles

Masons older brother, Miles, had a really nice outing against Presbyterian where he pout up a double-double of 13 points and 11 boards.  But he struggled in the opener and Duke needs the senior captain to bring his "A" game every night.  Like Mason, Miles can do some incredible things with his uncanny athleticism and once he realizes few can stop him when he wants to take it home, he can become a beast in the paint.

Curry seeks consistency

Seth Curry was one of the more hyped players coming into the season and made All ACC First Team.  Curry scored 10 points in each of the first two games and while that is consistent, Duke needs him to take it up a notch.  No reason to think this won't happen and there would be no better time for it than in New York tomorrow evening.

Tyler Thornton has been a steadying influence

Thornton brings a calm to the floor when he is out there in that he plays with maturity.  Thornton had a great opener where is production was more than many felt they might see.  While his numbers fell in the last win, he is getting 20 minutes of burn a game.  Thornton will play a key role on this team and will be depended on as the young freshman develop.

Freshman development

This is an on going process but Austin Rivers is the only one of the bunch playing a major role thus far in the 2011-12 season.  Rivers is just scratching the surface and trust me when I say this kid has shown you nothing yet despite playing well and scoring at a 15.5 ppg clip without taking a ton of shots.  Alex Murphy has been saddled in a precautionary manner after suffering a fall, so it is hard to see what he might bring to the table.  Quinn Cook has showed flashes of brilliance but is getting use to the pace of the college game and how sneaky defenders can be.  Michael Gbinije has played a few minutes but has yet to really find his way as well.  The bottom line is the freshman are just that but Duke needs them to adjust their games quickly for at least one of them besides Rivers will need to be counted on in a key reserve role.

Football team banged up

The Duke Football team fell to 3-7 on the season with a 31-21 loss at Virginia and several players were banged up.  Duke is now playing for the future and will attempt to set the tone for next season when almost everybody returns.  An upset win over Georgia Tech in their last home game this week or the following week at North Carolina but injuries might make this a tall task.  Duke never really got a break through victory this season, so fans can hope one will come.

Support the seniors and show up for the last home game

While Duke has struggled to find wins this season, the senior class, as small as it is, has given fans some ACC wins and a few years ago, the Blue Devils had nada.  We'll talk more about them later in the week but I do want to mention Matt Daniels, a vicious hitter who has been a main stay on the defense.  If Duke ca find players with his resolve and spirit all will be fine and coaches are hoping that other players step up late as he passes the torch.  Daniels has been rock solid for Duke and you should single him out and watch him pop in the last two games.

Until next week, Go Duke and congrats to Coach Mike Krzyzewski for he will soon be the King of the Hill and kounting.


Coach K – “I’ll be coach for a while.” Duke head honcho talks Seth Curry as well

Coach K just finished addressing the media in Charlotte, North Carolina and BDN Video was there to capture all his thoughts.  Check out these two videos the first one will make Duke fans feel good for he states that he will be coaching for a good while.  In the second video, Coach K talks about Seth Curry.  Check them out -

Duke at St. John’s Game Notes

Photo - LKI

Game 21 [3 AP / 3 Coaches] Duke (19-1, 6-1 ACC) vs. St. John's (11-8, 4-5 Big East) Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011 * 1:00 p.m.

Opening Tip

* Duke (19-1, 6-1 ACC) faces St. John's (11-8, 4-5 Big East) on Sunday, Jan. 30 at Madison Square Garden.  Tipoff is set for 1:00 p.m.

* The game is being televised by CBS with Verne Lundquist (play-by-play) and Clark Kellogg (analyst) calling the action.

 * Duke is ranked No. 3 in the AP Poll and ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll, while St. John's is unranked in both polls.

* The Blue Devils' 19-1 record matches the best start in program history. Duke has now opened the season 19-1 nine times.

* Duke has won 37 of the last 39 games entering Sunday's game with St. John's. * The Blue Devils have won 10 of their last 14 games against Big East opponents. Duke-St. John's Series History

 * Duke has won the last seven meetings and leads the all-time series 14-5.

* The Blue Devils have won five of the last seven games by 10 or more points.

* Duke has won six of eight games, including three straight, at Madison Square Garden.

 * Duke has won 14 of the 16 meetings under Mike Krzyzewski. Duke at Madison Square Garden

* Duke is 25-14 all-time, including a 20-6 mark under Mike Krzyzewski, at Madison Square Garden.

* The Blue Devils have won five straight and 12 of their last 13 games at MSG. Numbers Game

 * Duke has scored 80 or more points in 15 games this season. The Blue Devils have won 30 consecutive games when scoring 80+ points. Duke is 497-46 under Coach K when scoring 80 or more points in a game.

* The Blue Devils have had at least one player score 20 or more points in 15 straight games.

* Duke has had seven different players score 20 or more points in a game; marking the fourth time in school history a Blue Devil team has had seven 20-point scorers.

 * The Blue Devils are averaging 40.1 rebounds in eight January games. Duke has outrebounded the opposition in seven of the eight games this month and 14 times overall.

 * Nolan Smith is attempting to become the first player in ACC history to lead the league in scoring and assists. Smith is currently averaging 20.5 points and 5.7 assists per game. He is one of four players in the NCAA averaging over 20.0 points and 5.0 assists per game.

* Mason Plumlee has raised his rebound average an ACC-best 5.7 rebounds per game from a year ago. He ranks fourth in the ACC in rebounding at 8.8 rpg. and has grabbed 10 or more rebounds 10 times this season, including each of the last five games.

* Ryan Kelly is averaging 13.3 points and 5.3 rebounds, while shooting 76.9 percent (20-of-26) from the field and 80.0 percent (8-of-10) from three-point range over the last four games. He made 18 consecutive field goal attempts during that stretch, the second-longest streak in Duke history.

* Kyle Singler is 21 points shy of moving into the top 20 on the ACC scoring list. He enters Sunday's game with 2,124 career points.