Club Cameron is back open for business Saturday afternoon.
Fresh off a 73-68 win against Ohio State Wednesday, the No. 2 Blue Devils (7-0) will host Delaware Saturday at 2 p.m.
The Blue Hens (2-5) are reeling after winning two of their first three games, losing their last four. Three of those losses—to Lafayette, Temple and Kansas State—were by less than five points.
Junior guard Devon Saddler has provided much of the offense for Delaware in the early going, averaging 21.4 points per game, including a season-high 32 points against Kansas State. The 6-foot-2 guard is hitting 1.9 3-pointers per game, adding 4.4 rebounds and 3.0 assists.
After limiting the Ohio State backcourt of Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith Jr. to a combined 7-for-27 from the field, Duke guards Quinn Cook, Seth Curry and Rasheed Sulaimon will face another tough task in Saddler.
Forced to bear much of the offensive burden, however, Saddler is averaging 3.7 turnovers per game. His backcourt partner, Jarvis Threatt, has missed the last two games with serious cramps, and the Blue Hens have missed his 10.4 points and 1.8 steals per game.
The team’s most dangerous frontcourt weapon is 6-foot-9 senior Jamelle Hagins, who averaged a double-double as a junior and is repeating that effort in this campaign. Tallying 13.0 points and 13.4 rebounds per game, he has been a workhorse for head coach Monte Ross. Playing all 40 minutes in the team’s last game against Lafayette, Hagins recorded 18 points, 23 rebounds and five blocks. And his scoring effort is efficient, making 63.8 percent of his shots from the field.
His presence on the block could pose a difficult matchup for the Blue Devils, who have been outrebounded in their last four games.