Now 3-0 in league play, the Blue Devils return to Cameron Indoor Stadium this week for a pair of home games against Wake Forest (Jan. 19) and Florida State (Jan. 21) in a span of three days. As Duke learned last week against Virginia and Clemson, records don't matter after the opening tip in the ACC.
OUTSIDE THE BOX
Junior guard Andre Dawkins had a big week, averaging 17.0 points per game in Duke's wins over Virginia and Clemson. While his 24 points and five three-pointers against Clemson stick out as his best performance between the two games, Dawkins' 10 points against No. 16 Virginia may have had even more of an impact. In a back-and-forth contest that featured one of the best defensive battles the ACC will see all year, Dawkins hit clutch shot after clutch shot to keep Duke in the game. Dawkins tied the game four different times before Duke eventually took the lead for good in the second half. He started his night by hitting a pair of free throws to give Duke an early 14-13 lead, followed that with back-to-back three-pointers in the first half to tie the game with both shots and then sank a smooth pull-up jumper with 16:48 remaining in the second half to tie the score at 36-36. The Blue Devils scored on their next possession to take the lead for good.
VOTE FOR THE
It's common knowledge that Duke has the best fan section in all of college basketball, but fans can make it official by voting for the Cameron Crazies during the Naismith Student Section of the Year Award contest. The Crazies are one of 80 student sections vying for the award. The winning student section gets bragging rights, while the winning school will receive $5,000 for its athletic association. Just log on to www.facebook.com/ILoveCollegeHoops, click the "Student Section Vote" link on the left and and vote.
USA OLYMPIC ROSTER
ANNOUNCEMENT THIS AFTERNOON
The USA Basketball team's 2012 Olympic roster has been trimmed down to 20 finalists and will be announced at noon today. GoDuke.com will share the official announcement at that time, so check the GoDuke.com men's basketball page to get a look at the final 20 players who are vying for the 12 Team USA spots. While the roster still in flux, the coaching staff is set with Coach K returning as head coach to lead a staff that includes Syracuse's Jim Boeheim, the New York Knicks' Mike D'Antoni and the Portland Trail Blazers' Nate McMillan. Krzyzewski and Team USA captured the gold medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
Chris Collins will host this week's edition of the Duke Basketball Radio Show on WDNC 620 AM The Buzz. If you can't make the live show at the Washington Duke Inn, be sure to tune your dial to 620 AM. Fans can also submit questions to the show here:
If you haven't checked out any of Duke Blue Planet's highlight videos, be sure to swing over to www.DukeBluePlanet.com. The highlights are great, but even better are the player-to-player postgame interviews. Marshall Plumlee might have a future in broadcasting after he's done with basketball. With such hard-hitting analysis as "Nobody outdances Marshall Plumlee" and "How do you feel about playing with a helmet next time?", the 6-11 freshman gets the information Duke fans want to hear. His talents as a journalist rival only his self-proclaimed three-point shooting prowess.
THE LAST GREAT
ESPN's Gene Wojciechowski wrote what is sure to become a best seller among Duke basketball fans, and fans of college basketball in general for that matter. The Last Great Game: Duke vs. Kentucky and the 2.1 Seconds that Changed Basketball is a detailed account of nearly every storyline that went into one of the greatest college basketball games in history, the March 28, 1992 showdown between No. 1 Duke and No. 6 Kentucky in the NCAA Elite Eight. The hard cover edition is on bookshelves now. To read an excerpt on ESPN.com, click the link below:
The learning curve for Kyrie Irving in his first NBA season hasn't been too steep. The No. 1 overall pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers just over six months ago, Irving has made NBA defenses look just as slow as he did to opposing college defenses at Duke. He's currently on a run of four straight 20-points games, including a career-best 26 points in a 101-90 win over Phoenix on Jan. 12. Averaging 17.0 points and 5.1 assists per game, the 19-year-old rookie has already generated all-star buzz and had garnered the ninth-most votes (27,713) on the ballot after the first week of voting.
STAT OF THE WEEK
Duke has faced six teams that rank among the 40 in the NCAA in fewest points allowed per game. The Blue Devils are 5-1 and average 70.2 points in those six games, despite each of those teams holding opponents to an average of less than 60 points per game.
Duke win over
Clemson boosts morale (Charlotte Observer)
Alex Murphy still
learning as a young redshirt (Fayetteville Observer)
Trust key to Duke
defense (Raleigh News & Observer)
Henderson dunks over Carmelo Anthony (HoopMixTape.com)
TWEETS OF THE WEEK
TdotZaf Todd Zafirovski
Tenters out in kville already?? Love it!
dukeblueplanet Duke Basketball
Back at Duke a few tents have emerged in KVille say.ly/WgK1gUS
masonplumlee Mason Plumlee
Forget YOLO .. hakuna matata is the motto errday errday
RyanKelly34 Ryan Kelly
Ricky Rubio is really fun to watch
RealJayWilliams Jay Williams
"Challenge and opportunity are motivating friends of a consistent winner."