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Only one team remains unbeaten in ACC play, and Duke fell below .500 through at least five conference games for the first time since 2007.
No. 20 Notre Dame (16-2, 5-0)
The luck of the Irish continued into this week, as Notre Dame has now trailed or been tied in the final two minutes of all five of its ACC games but still managed to win all of them. On Thursday, the Fighting Irish trailed by four with less than three minutes remaining at Miami but ended the game on a 10-1 run to win 67-62. Two free throws by forward Bonzie Colson tied the game with 1:35 left, and a terrible pass on the Hurricanes' ensuing possession resulted in a turnover and a layup by V.J. Beachem to give Notre Dame the lead for good.
Two days later, the Fighting Irish trailed Virginia Tech by one with less than two minutes left, but scored two quick buckets to take the lead and then sealed the victory with one of the best defensive plays of the year. The Hokies rolled the ball inbounds down by three with 46 seconds left, but Notre Dame point guard Matt Farrell caught Virginia Tech guard Justin Robinson napping and dove for a steal before he could pick the ball up. Farrell got up and passed to Temple Gibbs for a fast-break layup to put the Fighting Irish ahead by five, and they iced the win with four free throws down the stretch. Read more »
Thursday vs. North Carolina: 15 points on 7-of-9 shooting, seven rebounds, two blocks, two steals and one assist
Sunday vs. NC State: Four points on 2-of-8 shooting, four rebounds, one assist and one steal Read more »
Following Duke's 78-69 loss on the road against Louisville, The Chronicle's Amrith Ramkumar and Sameer Pandhare worked through some technical difficulties at the KFC Yum! Center to break down what the Blue Devils need to do to stop their tailspin moving forward.
0:23—How the Cardinals forced Duke into 18 turnovers and made just enough perimeter shots to get the win
1:05—How foul trouble affected the Blue Devils' rotation and offensive rhythm
1:20—A brief update on Amile Jefferson's injured foot from interim head coach Jeff Capel's postgame press conference Read more »
Duke's tailspin continued with a 78-69 loss at Louisville Saturday to fall to 2-3 in ACC play. The Blue Devils failed to handle the Cardinals' pressure defense and struggled to defend without fouling all afternoon in the loss.
Revisiting the three keys to the game:
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LOUISVILLE, Ky.—After getting run off the court in the second half of Tuesday’s loss to Florida State, Duke has shown much more fight in the first half against the Cardinals.
But to notch its first road win in conference play, the Blue Devils will need to take their play to another level.
No. 7 Duke trails No. 14 Louisville 34-30 after 20 minutes of play Saturday at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Ky. Despite playing without Amile Jefferson for a second consecutive contest, the Blue Devils led for much of the half before allowing the Cardinals to go on a 20-5 run and regain control of the game.
Duke came out with more intensity on the defensive end and deflected a number of passes, along with a pair of blocks by freshman Harry Giles. The Blue Devils clamped down on the perimeter for much of the opening period, but three consecutive triples by Louisville in the last four minutes of the half highlighted Duke’s inability to defend consistently. Read more »
The Chronicle's Amrith Ramkumar and Sameer Pandhare broke down the seventh-ranked Blue Devils' upcoming matchup at No. 14 Louisville Saturday with graduate student Amile Jefferson likely to miss his second straight game.
0:26—What adjustments Duke will have to make against another pressure defense after struggling against Florida State Tuesday
1:23—The challenge the Blue Devils will face inside against a team with a size advantage against them for the second time this week
2:38—How the Cardinals have used their defensive toughness to stay near the top of the rankings this year despite not shooting well as a team Read more »
No. 7 Duke hits the road again Saturday to face No. 14 Louisville, looking to salvage its week after an 88-72 blowout loss at No. 9 Florida State Tuesday night. The Blue Zone takes a look at a player from each team who could be the difference-maker in the game:
Duke: Guard Grayson Allen
A little less than a year ago, the first of Allen's three tripping incidents took place when the 6-foot-5 junior stuck his leg out to send Louisville forward Ray Spalding sprawling to the floor. And after Allen faced repeated jeers throughout Tuesday night's game at Florida State, it is certainly likely that he will face a similar level of hostility Saturday afternoon.
Since returning from his one-game suspension, though, the Jacksonville, Fla., native has found a bit of an offensive rhythm, filling a new role for the Blue Devil attack. After averaging 16.0 points per game through Duke's first 12 contests, Allen has averaged just 12.0 points in ACC play, but he has also averaged nearly eight assists a night. With the Blue Devils lacking a true point guard, the junior has stepped up as a distributor at just the right time. Read more »
After getting dominated inside in a blowout loss to No. 9 Florida State Tuesday, the seventh-ranked Blue Devils will face another elite frontcourt Saturday at noon at No. 14 Louisville. Here are three keys to success for Duke.
Louisville has the size advantage in the interior, especially if Blue Devil forward Amile Jefferson misses his second straight game with a right-foot bone bruise. But if Duke packs it in and forces the Cardinals to beat them from the 3-point line, Louisville is prone to long stretches of cold shooting.
The Cardinals are shooting just 34.0 percent from beyond the arc this year—14th in the ACC—and the Blue Devils are second in the conference in 3-point defense, holding opponents to 29.1 percent shooting from deep. That could be a recipe for a strong defensive performance for Duke after it allowed three of its first four ACC opponents to score more than 80 points.
The Seminoles dominated Duke on the boards and had 19 second-chance points in its comfortable victory Tuesday, and things will not get any easier for the Blue Devils Saturday. The Cardinals are third in the ACC in rebounding margin and have four players averaging more than five rebounds per game. If Duke big men Harry Giles and Chase Jeter cannot keep Louisville's frontcourt of Mangok Mathiang, Ray Spalding and Anas Mahmoud off the offensive glass, it could be another long night for the Blue Devils. Read more »
Because of the huge interest in starting to sleep outside in Krzyzewskiville tents Thursday night leading up to the home North Carolina game Feb. 9, Duke's line monitors used a trivia test about this year's Blue Devils to determine who could start right away and who would be put on the waitlist.
The test is below—tell us how you fare in this blog's comments section or on Twitter @dukebasketball.