This edition of Speak of the Devil includes who is the National Championship favorite? Is the Big 10 really the best conference in college basketball? Duke picking up a bounce back win over Virginia Tech and how soon Ryan Kelly could be back on the floor for the Blue Devils.
Virginia Tech jumped out to a 4-0 lead and that was where the game may as well have ended for the Hokies. Duke went on an 11-0 run, eventually stretching the lead to 48-28 at the half on their way to an impressive 88-56 dismantling of the lowly Hokies.
The greatest rivalry in college basketball certainly felt like it on Wednesday night as Duke and North Carolina battled for 40 minutes before the No. 2 Blue Devils managed to pull just far enough ahead to secure the victory. Quinn Cook and Mason Plumlee netted 18 points apiece to lead Duke past their rivals, 73-68.
With 24 seconds left in a tie game, Mason Plumlee stepped to the free throw line as chants of "Ugly Plumlee" rained down from the dual student sections in Conte Forum. The tension of the moment was obvious, but it became much more real when Plumlee missed the first shot. Undaunted and not shaken, the Player of the Year candidate calmly sank the first one and contributed to Duke's final stop as the Blue Devils escaped Boston College with a 62-61 win.
Duke’s loss to N.C. State back on Jan. 12 started one of the stranger stretches of college basketball in recent memory. Since that game, the No. 1 team in the country has lost in each of the last five weeks with the latest victim being Indiana when they fell at the buzzer on Thursday night.
For twenty minutes of basketball on Thursday night, Duke looked like the best team in the country. The Blue Devils made 19-of-31 shots in the first half, including 10-of-17 from three, en route to a 58-37 halftime lead over N.C. State. Even when Duke’s offense fell off in the second half, their first half explosion […]
Duke’s sports information department may be one of the best groups of in the business. In addition to all of the great work they do with their audio and video highlights, they put out some awesome game note packets every week and the notes for the upcoming game with N.C. State are no exception.
The MasonPOY campaign got a boost today when Mason Plumlee was named to the midseason watch list for the Oscar Robertson Trophy by the US Basketball Writers Association.
It was the first true test of how much Duke missed Ryan Kelly and after escaping Wake Forest with a 75-70 win proves just how much of a difference the senior big man makes. The Blue Devils got a career game from Mason Plumlee and a solid shooting night from Seth Curry as they left […]
College basketball players say the darndest things. After his career-high 32 points helped lead Duke to a win over Wake Forest on Wednesday, Mason Plumlee dropped a classic line on reporters concerning his focus prior to this game.