Duke’s coaches point to the team’s play on first down as an area in need of improvement.
After a few weeks of troubling news on the injury front, Duke has a good health vibe this week. Linebacker C.J. France, who missed the 34-17 win over Troy with a leg injury last week, practiced this week and will available for the Blue Devils’ game with Kansas on Saturday (3:30 p.m., Fox Sports Carolinas). Also available will be defensive tackles Jamal Bruce and Jamal Wallace, both hurt at Troy on Saturday.
The Americans moved within a victory of repeating as world champions for the first time with a 96-68 victory over Lithuania on Thursday night.
David Cutcliffe is getting ready to coach Saturday against a man he never really got the chance to work with — Charlie Weis. Cutcliffe spent only a few months on Weis’ first staff at Notre Dame in 2005 and resigned without ever coaching a game there because he had complications following open heart surgery.
Junior forward had been recovering from hip injury all summer
Last season, Duke proved to be the better team the later it got in games. Opponents averaged scoring just 4.64 points per game in the fourth quarter, which made Duke among the 25 stingiest fourth-quarter teams. In the second half last season, teams averaged scoring only 12.29 points. “I hope it continues, because it allows you to win football games,” Duke coach David Cutcliffe said.
AMERICANS BURY SLOVENIA IN 3RD PERIOD AFTER LEAD SLIPS TO 5
Klay Thompson scored 20 points and James Harden had 12 of his 14 in the third quarter after a scoreless first half, helping the U.S. turn a close game into a 119-76 rout of Slovenia on Tuesday in the quarterfinals of the Basketball World Cup.
Kenneth Faried also had 14 for the Americans, who will play Lithuania on Thursday in Barcelona for a spot in Sunday’s gold-medal game in Madrid. Lithuania beat Turkey 73-61 earlier Tuesday.
Derrick Rose finished with 12 points after coming into the game shooting 8 for 37 in the World Cup.
Goran Dragic of the Phoenix Suns lead Slovenia with 13 points.
The Americans led by only five points early in the third quarter before tearing off a 27-10 run. Harden and Stephen Curry finally got going after the All-Stars combined to miss all 12 shots in the first half.
That made it 76-54 with about two minutes left in the period, and the game turned altogether lopsided after the Americans scored the first 10 points of the fourth quarter to lead 96-64.
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While Duke has achieved its goal over the first two weekends of the college football season by owning a 2-0 record, Blue Devils coach David Cutcliffe is adamant that better is available and, more importantly, essential.
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