Duke remains undefeated, following a win against Wake Forest Saturday afternoon to start conference play.
The 80-62 win over the Demon Deacons at home Saturday is a theme the Blue Devils want to keep going throughout ACC play. Last season, Duke lost three games at Cameron Indoor Stadium, something returning players would not like to repeat in 2013.
“Last year, we did not do well on our home court,” senior forward Ryan Kelly told Laura Keeley of the News & Observer. “That’s something we have to take care of. This is our first opportunity to do that.”
“You think Duke, you think about taking care of it at home,” added senior forward Mason Plumlee. “We have to do a better job of that this year.”
On Saturday, took carry of business in the first half. The Blue Devils connected on six 3-pointers to begin the game and behind the strong defensive pressure, went on a 16-4 run to break the game open. The quick start was a rarity for Duke in the last couple of games – needing big second half runs to beat Santa Clara and in-state foe Davidson. The early start is something Plumlee believes needs to become consistent for the nation’s No. 1 team.
“We can’t wait until the second half to start playing,” said the senior captain. “We have to get off on the right foot. We have to come out with energy.”
Plumlee, a candidate for player of the year, is being the main focus of recent team’s defensive strategy. Luckily for Duke, players like Kelly and Seth Curry have stepped up to the occassion, as Plumlee sees extra defenders. Quinn Cook is also critical to early starts as his ability to penetrate can find the open shooters on the wing.
Duke looks to continue its fast starts against Clemson at home on Tuesday.