As Coach K nears 1,000 wins, he has to help deflect pressure from his players
One of two team captains for No. 4 Duke this season, Amile Jefferson knew he had to do something. The Blue Devils had lost consecutive ACC games for the first time since February 2009. A game at No. 6 Louisville loomed next. "I’ve been trying to figure out how to lead,” Jefferson said. “Those two games I didn’t feel like I did a good job. I was talking to guys after the games but I felt we needed something on the court. I was just trying to bring emotion and energy. That’s what the coaches wanted. They wanted us to bring energy and I just tried to respond to that.”
The No. 4-ranked Blue Devils, after struggling defensively in losses to N.C. State and Miami, rode a stout zone defense and poor Louisville shooting to beat the No. 6-ranked Cardinals 63-52 Saturday in ACC basketball at the KFC Yum! Center.
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During Duke’s last two games, freshman Tyus Jones has made just 3 of 15 shots to score 10 total points. He’s handed out six assists with four turnovers.
No. 16 Duke held Virginia Tech scoreless for eight minutes of the first half, scoring 17 points in a row, on the way to a 65-40 women’s basketball win over the Hokies at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Duke was praised for its improved defense from last season through the early part of this year, but in recent games, the Blue Devils have reverted back to their old ways in the worst way possible.
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As dominant as Duke has been at Cameron Indoor Stadium in recent years, road games in the ACC have been quite a different story. The Blue Devils own a 41-game winning streak at home that covers the last two full regular seasons and half of this one so far. Rival North Carolina is the last team to beat Duke in Durham as the Tar Heels won 88-70 in the regular-season finale on March 3, 2012.
A towering force in the Duke athletics department for nearly four decades, Chris Kennedy and his late wife Ana have been honored as their name now adorns the newest building to tower over the school’s expanding athletic campus. On Saturday, Duke christened the Kennedy Tower, which has risen out of the ground and over Koskinen Stadium and the school’s new Williams Track and Field Stadium over the last few months.
To keep the Wolfpack big men in check, the Blue Devils will rely on the same post defense that’s helped them to an undefeated season thus far.
The lead that Duke struggled to protect the entire game Thursday night finally disappeared, done in by sloppy ball handling and ineffective rebounding.