Duke vs South Dakota Game Notes



Who: South Dakota Coyotes vs Duke Blue Devils
Date: DEC. 2nd
Time: 3:30 PM
Where: Cameron Indoor Stadium


TV: ESPN2 (Sherman/Alexander)
WatchESPN link:
Radio: Blue Devil IMG Sports Network (Shumate/Roth)
Sirius/XM: Sirius 132 / XM 194


  • On the heels of a grueling four -game stretch away from Cameron Indoor Stadium, No. 1 Duke begins a two-game homestand Saturday with South Dakota.
  • Including the trip to Bloomington, the Blue Devils logged nearly 8,500 round-trip miles in the month of November. That also included stops in Chicago and Portland.
  • Duke, which beat No. 2 Michigan State in the Champions Classic, won the Motion Bracket of the PK80, and beat Indiana in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, is the first team this season to reach nine wins, and is one of 17 remaining undefeated teams (as of Dec. 1).
  • The Blue Devils opponents have combined for a 34-14 (.708) record, the 12th-toughest schedule in the NCAA.
  • Head coach Mike Krzyzewski is 203-29 (.875) when coaching a No. 1-ranked Duke team. The 232 games when coaching at No. 1 are the most in NCAA history.
  • This is the 501st week that Duke has been ranked in the top 10 (AP) under Coach K — the most by a coach in poll history.
  • Freshman Marvin Bagley III is both the ACC Player and Rookie of the Week for the second time. Bagley leads the ACC in scoring (22.3 ppg) and rebounding (11.1 rpg).
  • Bagley, who is second in the NCAA with seven double-doubles, is the first player in Duke history with consecutive games of 30+ points and 15+ rebounds.
  • Duke is 9-0 or better to start a season for the ninth time since 2001-02 and for the 16th time under Mike Krzyzewski. Thirteen of those seasons ended in the Sweet 16 or beyond.


Senior guard Grayson Allen

On the getting back after road trip:

“We’ve had a bunch of pretty tough days. Getting back from Portland early on Monday morning and then guys going to class on Monday morning. Then getting back from Indiana and guys going to class in the morning. So it was nice to have the day off yesterday to catch up on rest and hopefully get fully adjusted back to this time zone from Portland. We had a really good practice today getting ready for South Dakota.”

On feeling about the multiple comebacks:

“I’m encouraged because we know we could play better, especially in the first part of those games, but we were still able to find a way to win. That’s the encouraging part, that even though we know we can play a lot better, especially defensively, at the end of the day we still figured it out and we didn’t have to do it the hard way by losing. We have the tape from the win and we can learn from it.”

On the young players learning defensively:

“It’s nice to have practice time because we weren’t able to practice a lot through the stretch we just had. It’s good to get another practice and get back into our defensive habits. Where to be two passes away, where to be on the help side, talking, what we’re doing on screens. A lot of it is tricky for a freshman coming into college because you’re not going to play every team the same way in man. You have to know your matchups, you need to know their personnel. You need to know which guys you’re going to jam, which you’re going to run off the three-point line, what guys you’re going to recover short to. That’s the difference. You need to know your man principles, but every game is going to be different in how you matchup against a team.”

On how he leads the younger players:

“It’s just trying to remind them. It’s nothing like getting in their face for any play, it’s just reminding them of our principles. There’s never an effort problem with our game. A lot of times you might think there’s an effort problem when a guy’s hugged up against his man, but he’s just trying not to let his man catch the ball when he should be over. A lot of times it’s just a teaching thing to get them in the right place because I never need to yell at these guys to play hard.”

On playing man to man vs zone:

“It depends on the match up. Our zone can be effective because of our length and man should be very effective because of our length but we have to figure both out.”

On the freshmen dealing with the grind:

“I think they did very well. Most of the time you don’t see it on the court, you see it in the preparation each game. You just get so excited after wins. When we were up in Portland for example, beating Texas was such a huge win, but then you have to wake up the next morning and think about Florida and it’s very hard to do that as a freshman because in high school you might have one big game every few weeks but we have a big game every other day to start the season. It’s that being able to wake up and mentally prepare for each game. I think they did a great job. They’ll continue to get better. The main thing though is it’s nice to get back here and work on our habits.”

Freshman guard Gary Trent, Jr.

On getting home after the recent road trips:

“It’s been great. I feel great, it is mentally draining, emotionally draining a little bit, after all the emotion we had and passion we played with, but it’s good. We had a day off yesterday and we had a great practice every day. The team is getting better every day.”

On what the team is working on:

“We had a great defensive practice today. We started off with some defensive slides and got into a lot of our defensive schemes. We haven’t had a lot of practices. Coach keeps saying we juts continue to practice and continue to get better every day and we’ll be just fine.”

On what he is figuring out on defense:

“For myself, just trying to lock in defensively. After a shot goes up, making sure to box out, being good on on-ball defense. Simply as a team, we’ve tried to pack in the lane and guard, help defense, talk, move, sending guys to our big men. Our big men are rebounding like crazy. Just continuing to play.”

On the experience of the start of the season:

“It’s a lot. It was the most basketball I played at the highest level in my life so far. It was great. It was a great learning experience for me, it was fun and I’d love to do it all again.”

On the team keep finding a way to win:

“It shows that, yeah we’re young, but our team has a whole lot of heart. We all want to win and that’s simply what we’re focused on. The desire to win is great, it’s at a high level. So we’re going to do anything we can in order to win.”

On continuing to learn:

“We most definitely have more to learn, we’re not a finished product. We need to continue to learn, we’re still young. Being in those situations helped a lot, so we know what to do when we get down in those situations. But we’re always just learning, you can always learn.”

On motivation:

“One thing in my life that keeps me motivated is my father. He always tells me to work hard. I’ve been working with him since day one on my craft. He’s simply enjoying watching me play and our team being successful. He’s my motivation, he motivates me every day, sending me simple quotes and just little things to motivate me.”

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