Duke is 2-0 and still riding the high of an important early season win over Kentucky. But the work doesn’t end in November and the Blue Devils are back to work Sunday night with an upset-minded Florida Gulf Coast team coming to visit Cameron Indoor Stadium.
What more can be said about this team that hasn’t been said yet this season? They are simply an experienced, talented team who have enough left from a championship team in 2010 and a tough early exit last season to motivate them to blow through a weaker non-conference schedule before delving into the teeth of the ACC schedule.
That being said, the Blue Devils are hosting a dangerous team in Florida Gulf Coast tonight. This is a prototypical trap game for a team like Duke because it is easy to overlook a team that lot to VCU by 23 — but the Eagles have also knocked off an ACC team in Miami and will be riding the confidence of a two-game winning streak.
FGCU will have energy and probably hit a few shots early, but it is beyond unlikely — I’d say nearly impossible — that the Blue Devils’ core group of seniors will allow the team’s 95-game non-conference home winning streak be snapped by the likes of the Eagles. Seth Curry, Mason Plumlee and Ryan Kelly have a ton of pride in that streak and letting it slip is simply not in the cards.
If things hold true to form and Duke jumps all over FGCU like they have to every opponent throughout the streak’s life, expect to see more of some bench guys. More specifically, expect to see more of Alex Murphy.
Murphy has been the subject of a lot of talk this season as he has been held out of both games, not even touching the floor against Georgia State. Mike Krzyzewski doesn’t have the deepest bench this season, so games like this will be good opportunities for Murphy to get on the floor and develop some rhythm going forward.
Other than that, tonight is shaping up to be another case of home cooking for the Blue Devils who should take care of business and improve to 3-0 on the young season.
Predicted final score: Duke 77, FGCU 48
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