It wasn’t the easiest win, but Duke took care of business against Boston College on Saturday at Cameron. This season Duke has looked uninspired on Saturday afternoon games. And after their biggest victory against North Carolina on Wednesday, there was a huge risk of a trap game for Duke. And for most of the game Duke was fighting to keep Boston College at bay, who for most of the game looked like they were going to pull a major upset. This isn’t the scary Boston College team of recent years, but Tyrese Rice is one of the best players in the ACC and was single handily beating Duke.
Unfortunately for BC, Duke can’t be beat by just one player. And Duke has the depth to keep throwing players at you. In the end Duke was able to capture the lead and keep it. One player stood out above all the rest for Duke. The continuing success of Kyle Singler has been well documented this season. But this game has to be his best overall performance since the Marquette game, when he put Duke on his back and carried them to victory. Singler finished with 24 points, 10 rebounds, and 3 steals. When Duke started their run that would put them over the top, Singler was at the lead and played like a season veteran in the victory. Perhaps just as impressive as Singler, DeMarcus Nelson finished with 23 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 assists. We have come so used to Nelson’s consistency that a game like this is just another day for the Duke captain. He continues to prove that he is deserving of post season awards and accolades.
-Duke forced 21 turnovers and only had 6
-Duke had 16 offensive rebounds, 33 total
-When will Taylor King find consistency?
-Brian Zoubek looked rough in two minutes of play
PLAYER OF THE GAME
If Singler hasn’t won the ACC freshmen of the year yet, I don’t know what else he has to do. Even with plenty of scouting reports on him, teams can still not figure out how to handle Singler. He is one of the biggest match up problems for teams in the entire country.
Next up: Maryland will be looking for revenge when they take on Duke at Cameron. Last time these teams meet it was Duke with the great come from behind victory to ruin Maryland’s upset bid. You can bet that a determined Maryland team will show up to Cameron on Wednesday night, looking for their 5th win in a row.