The Blue Devils needed a big win against BC to get their confidence back. That confidence was still there when Duke managed to take down another ACC foe. Duke, like in the BC game, was able to force Georgia Tech to turnover the ball many times in the first half. Turning these turnovers to points was why the Blue Devils were able to get another big win.
Duke was able to use strong runs to get big leads, and making the big shots when it counted, was the reason why Georgia Tech was never able to get back into it. Georgia Tech was pressing the entire game, and at times Duke was a little sloppy getting the ball down the floor. However, it was never a huge factor, and Duke usually was able to break it and create good opportunities for themselves.
In the first game, at Georgia Tech, Duke was never able to get into a groove and it was Georgia Techâ€™s inside game that was the reason Duke lost. This game was a different story, as Tech wasnâ€™t able to get Raâ€™Sean Dickey the ball, and was forced to play the perimeter game. DeMarcus Nelson shut down Javaris Crittenton, who had been the stud for GT during their four game win streak. This was Nelsonâ€™s second game in a row in which he shut down the star player of the opposing team.
Duke had a balanced scoring attack, in which eight players scored in this game. Nelson, Paulus, and Scheyer were all in double figures in the game scoring 13, 15, and 14 points respectively. McRoberts wasnâ€™t unbelievable, but like always had a nice stat line. He finished with 6 points, 4 boards, 4 assists, 3 blocks, and 2 steals. McClure returned to his role as the cleanup guy having a big day going 4-4 from the field finishing with 8 points and 7 rebounds. McClure has been starting on a regular basis lately, and I think this is going to do great things for his future confidence. He still has two more years left with the Blue Devils, and will have to start stepping up big time in the coming weeks and years. Another bright spot was the defense of Lance Thomas, as he drew a number of charges and seemed to always be in there during a big defensive play.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
He had another great shooting game, and made some big shots, when GT was trying to make a comeback. He is almost to a point where every time he puts it up, he knows it is going to go in. Another great game for Paulus, who continues to show that he, deserves to be the leader of this team.
After that frustrating four game skid, Duke has won two big games in a big way. That swagger might not be like it used to be, but this team definitely has a way about them. The way they play together, and the way each of them plays individually. When they feed off each other, I donâ€™t think there is a team in the country that they canâ€™t compete with. It doesnâ€™t get any easier as Duke will travel to Clemson. Clemson will be looking for revenge from the last game in which a questionable timing call gave Duke the opportunity to get the last second win. Hopefully, Duke will put the game away early and not be put in that situation.