Staff Reports |
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Duke stumbled to its second straight road loss at Miami 55-50 Saturday evening with Grayson Allen sidelined due to a left ankle injury, falling out of position for a top-four seed and a double-bye in the ACC tournament. The Chronicle's Sameer Pandhare and Sam Turken broke down what caused the Blue Devils' worst offensive performance of the season.
0:31—Why Miami's 2-3 zone created a lot of problems for Duke's offense in the first half
1:25—What head coach Mike Krzyewski said after the game about Amile Jefferson's nagging foot injury and whether he could sit Tuesday against Florida State
2:11—A subpar performance from Tatum, who was not as reliable from the perimeter as he has been for much of the last month Read more »
Mitchell Gladstone |
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For the second time in a week, the home crowd stormed the court after beating Duke—this time in Miami as the Hurricanes knocked off the Blue Devils 55-50 Saturday afternoon. It was Duke's lowest scoring output in eight years, and the Blue Devils are now just 3-5 on the road this season.
Revisiting the three keys to the game:
- Grayson Allen finds his form: The junior guard has been plagued by an ankle injury and has not practiced the past few weeks, and after he struggled to find a rhythm Wednesday at Syracuse, head coach Mike Krzyzewski rested Allen against Miami. Harry Giles started in place of the Jacksonville, Fla., native, but it was fellow freshman Frank Jackson who took the lion's share of the minutes as Duke's primary point guard with Allen on the bench.
- Win the battle of the boards: Although a lot went wrong for the Blue Devils in South Florida, they were able to control the glass against a long Hurricane side. Miami utilized a 2-3 zone—similar to the one Duke faced against the Orange earlier in the week—and the Blue Devils took advantage on the offensive boards yet again. Duke collected 21 offensive rebounds to just 13 for the Hurricanes and won the overall battle 46-42, led by eight boards from Giles.
- Better switching on screens to avoid foul trouble: Facing a Miami offense with a number of talented guards, the Blue Devils needed to avoid getting saddled by fouls like they were Wednesday. In a well-officiated game, neither team had a player whistled for more than three fouls, and Duke big men Giles, Amile Jefferson and Marques Bolden repeatedly forced the Hurricanes into tough entry passes. They did struggle to protect the paint, though, as the hosts scored 40 of their 55 points down low.
Three key stats:
- Luke Kennard shoots 6-of-20 from the field: Despite putting up 16 points to lead the Blue Devil offense along with Jackson, the sophomore guard could not get comfortable, with Miami's length giving him fits. Kennard played all 40 minutes, but did not make a 3-pointer until the 11:35 mark of the second half and hit on just 2-of-6 long-range attempts. The Franklin, Ohio, native was also one of four Duke players to register three turnovers, and the Blue Devil offense struggled without the usual stellar performance of its leading scorer.
- Duke struggles to just 3-of-9 shooting at the charity stripe: The Blue Devils left six points out on the floor and were not able to earn easy points from the free-throw line. Both Jefferson and Giles went 0-for-2, with Giles' two misses coming in the final minute when Duke had a chance to trim the deficit to one possession. The Blue Devils could not draw contact on a number of chances deep in the paint, and their nine free-throw attempts were a season low.
- Miami tallies 18 points off turnovers: Although Duke's 13 turnovers were not necessarily a season high, they came on a number of costly occasions in live-ball situations and allowed the Hurricanes to score several easy buckets. Miami's Ja'Quan Newton laid one in right before halftime after Bruce Brown picked Jackson's pocket and gave the home team plenty of momentum headed into the break.
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Sam Turken |
9 hours ago
CORAL GABLES, Fla.— With Grayson Allen on the sidelines in street clothes due to an ankle injury, Duke has been inconsistent on offense and finds itself trailing in a defensive struggle after 20 minutes of play.
The Hurricanes lead the Blue Devils 22-21 at the Watsco Center thanks to 13 points from freshman guard Bruce Brown and a buzzer-beating layup from Ja'Quan Newton. Although Duke sophomore Luke Kennard has eight points, he is just 4-of-11 from the field as the Blue Devils matched a season-low in first-half points by shooting 34.5 percent and committing seven turnovers.
Freshman Frank Jackson was Duke's main spark in the opening 20 minutes with seven points on 3-of-4 shooting.
The Hurricanes jumped out to a quick start as Brown registered scoop layups on Miami's first two possessions. He then added a top-of-the key 3-pointer to stake the Hurricanes to a 7-2 lead. Although the Blue Devils responded to cut the lead to one, Duke's offense started out 2-of-7 and looked a bit out of rhythm with Kennard forcing up shots early while in the lane. Read more »
Riley Pfaff |
A few former Blue Devils were busy during All-Star Weekend and are now ready for the stretch run of the regular season.
Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers
Irving made headlines this past week not for his play on the court during the NBA All-Star Weekend, but rather for his confident assertion that the Earth, contrary to popular belief, is flat. The former lottery pick guard first spoke up about the issue during an interview on the podcast "Road Trippin' with RJ & Channing," and then repeated his claim on ESPN later in the week.
Staff Reports |
The Chronicle's Amrith Ramkumar and Hank Tucker look ahead to the Blue Devils' rematch with Miami on the road Saturday afternoon, with Duke looking to bounce back from a loss at Syracuse that snapped its seven-game winning streak.
0:40—How the Hurricanes have won three games in a row even without star guard Ja'Quan Newton, who will return from suspension Saturday
1:54—Whether the Blue Devils might go back to the defensive-minded lineup that helped them rally from an 11-point halftime deficit against Miami a month ago
2:23—What Marques Bolden's role could be Saturday after the freshman big man did not get off the bench Wednesday Read more »
Dilan Trivedi |
After a loss at the buzzer to Syracuse Wednesday, Duke will look to get back on track with a win at Miami Saturday at 4 p.m. at the Watsco Center. The last time these two teams met Jan. 21, Duke overcame a daunting 11-point deficit at the half to win by 12, led by a clutch performance by Matt Jones. However, Miami enters the matchup hot, riding a three-game winning streak and coming off a thrilling overtime victory at No. 18 Virginia Monday. Here are three keys to the game for the Blue Devils to get back to their winning ways:
Grayson Allen Finds His Form
Following a gutty performance against North Carolina, scoring 25 points on 9-of-15 shooting to lead Duke to victory, Grayson Allen has gone cold of late. The junior guard is averaging only 8.0 points per contest during the last four games, shooting a dismal a 22.5 percent from the field and 25.9 percent from behind the arc during that span.
Although Luke Kennard and Jayson Tatum have done a tremendous job shouldering the load, the Blue Devils are at their best when all three primary scorers are firing on all cylinders. If Allen can return to hitting shots, Duke will be very difficult to defend and there will be a plethora of exploitable mismatches for all three players. Allen needs to get into a groove before March, or else Duke may be looking at an early exit in the Big Dance.
Win the Battle of the Boards
Duke has been up and down lately with its rebounding. During their last eight games, the Blue Devils held the advantage in four of them, and if their shooting continues to be inconsistent, rebounding and second-chance points will be the key to staying in the game. Despite shooting only 39.1 percent from the field and 30.3 percent from downtown, Duke led for most of the game against Syracuse thanks to superb offensive rebounding, pulling down 16 offensive boards and scoring 17 second-chance points. Read more »
Michael Model |
After its first loss in nearly a month Wednesday at Syracuse, Duke will hope to get back on track on the road Saturday afternoon against Miami. The Hurricanes enter the game on a three-game winning streak and gave the Blue Devils all they could handle at Cameron Indoor Stadium a month ago before losing by 12. 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
After a 25-point performance on 7-of-12 shooting from beyond the arc against North Carolina Feb. 9, it seemed as though Allen had finally returned to the level of play that made him an All-American last year. That game marked the third consecutive 20-point outing for Allen, who was finally finding his stroke from the perimeter after he shot better than 40 percent from deep last season.
But since then, the tides have turned once again for Allen. During the Blue Devils’ last four contests, the junior guard has aggravated a toe injury from earlier this season and has completely lost his touch from the field. Allen is averaging just eight points a contest and converting on a mere 22.5 percent of his shot attempts during that span. Read more »
Hank Tucker |
John Gillon's prayer at the buzzer was answered with a deep 3-pointer off the backboard to lift Syracuse past Duke 78-75 at the Carrier Dome Wednesday. The Blue Devils' seven-game winning streak ended in dramatic fashion, as Duke and the Orange added another chapter to the string of instant classics the two teams have played in recent years.
Revisiting the three keys to the game:
- Find the open 3: The Blue Devils were not always patient and disciplined against Syracuse's 2-3 zone, with junior Grayson Allen and sophomore Luke Kennard launching a few rushed shots early in possessions from several feet beyond the 3-point line. Duke wound up shooting just 10-of-33 from downtown—Allen was 1-of-8—though the Blue Devils did move the ball around on occasion for some big shots and finished with 16 assists on their 25 made field goals.
- Control the tempo from the start: Neither Duke nor the Orange play particularly fast, but Wednesday's game started at a breakneck pace with few stoppages in play in the opening minutes. The Blue Devils soon opened up a double-digit lead when the game slowed down and they could methodically pick apart Syracuse's defense, but the Orange got back into it in the second half behind several quick driving layups in transition from point guard John Gillon.
- Contain Andrew White III on the perimeter: Duke clearly made it a point of emphasis to take White III out of the game, and its defense succeeded. Syracuse's leading scorer attempted just four shots from the field and scored seven points. But the Blue Devils' tight defense on White III helped each of the Orange's four other starters score in double figures, as Syracuse's role players all rose to the occasion to help their team pull off a critical upset.
Three key stats:
- Syracuse shoots 70.8 percent from the field in the second half: The Orange were unstoppable in the second half, pouring in 53 points after putting up just 25 before the break. Part of that was Duke's defense softening up, but Syracuse also made several tough shots, including a few midrange fadeaways from freshman Tyus Battle and a pair of shots off the backboard from more than 20 feet out. Everything seemed to fall for the Orange down the stretch, and the Blue Devils just barely couldn't keep up.
- Duke grabs 16 offensive rebounds: The Blue Devils dominated the glass a year after Syracuse big man Tyler Roberson had his way in the paint with 20 rebounds in Durham. Duke led most of the game despite a field-goal percentage worse than 40 percent thanks to 17 second-chance points. A lot of the Blue Devils' misses from downtown caromed far off the rim, helping guards Allen and Kennard combine for seven offensive rebounds when the ball soared over the heads of the Orange's defenders under the basket.
- Allen scores just eight points: Duke's junior guard recently aggravated a toe injury he has been dealing with all year and was clearly not himself Wednesday. Allen shot just 2-of-11 from the field and did not make many other meaningful contributions to the box score, finishing with just one rebound and one assist. He was also mired in foul trouble all game, picking up his fourth early in the second half and only playing 29 minutes.
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Staff Reports |
John Gillon's 3-pointer off the glass at the buzzer snapped Duke's seven-game winning streak and lifted Syracuse to a 78-75 victory in front of a home crowd of more than 30,000 at the Carrier Dome. Following the game, The Chronicle's Mitchell Gladstone and Meredith Cash reacted to the wild finish and discussed why the Blue Devils came up short.
0:29—A breakdown of the game's final two minutes
1:16—What happened to Duke's defense in the second half after a strong first half Read more »
Meredith Cash |
SYRACUSE, N.Y.—The Blue Devils arrived at the Carrier Dome Wednesday looking to extend their ACC-best seven-game win streak to eight.
They are well on their way to doing just that thanks to a double-double effort by freshman Jayson Tatum in the opening 20 minutes.
Sparked by Tatum’s 14 points on 6-of-12 shooting and 10 rebounds, No. 10 Duke leads Syracuse 33-25 at the break. Tatum's jumper has looked smooth for the third straight game, spearheading the Blue Devil offense as Duke held the Orange to 34.8 percent shooting. Sophomore Luke Kennard added nine points, and the Blue Devils capitalized on a Syracuse field goal drought lasting more than seven minutes in the middle of the period to take control.
Duke looked to break down Syracuse’s 2-3 zone early on by switching up its typical floor spacing. Kennard floated in the middle of the zone, and Tatum, junior Grayson Allen and senior captain Matt Jones rotated around the perimeter. Read more »