Revisiting the three keys to the game:
- Be the aggressor: In the first half it looked as if foul trouble may dictate yet another game for Duke, as both Parker and Hood committed two personal fouls in the opening period... Read more
The Blue Devils take on North Carolina at 9 p.m. at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Before every basketball game, we’ll break down a player on each team who could be the difference-maker in the upcoming contest.
Duke: guard Andre Dawkins
The Blue Devils have had spurts of great offensive play in the last few games, but have also struggled to put points up on the board during some stretches, especially late in games. Against the Tar Heels on Feb. 20, Duke was outscored 14-6 in the final four minutes of the contest. The Blue Devils have success when they can get their 3-point attempts to fall through the net and the best candidate to ignite the Cameron Crazies tonight with a few 3-pointers is Andre Dawkins. He only had five points in the Feb. 20 matchup and was held scoreless from beyond the arc... Read more
Miles Plumlee, Phoenix Suns: Plumlee missed his first game of the season on Tuesday with a sprained knee he sustained in practice last week. Prior to missing Tuesday’s game against the Clippers and Thursday’s against the Thunder, Plumlee averaged 3.5 points and 6.0 rebounds in wins over the Pelicans and the Hawks.
Mason Plumlee, Brooklyn Nets: With Kevin Garnett still sidelined due to back spasms, Mason found himself in the starting lineup in all three of the Nets’ games this past week. Mason didn’t play much despite starting, but still had some solid production for the Nets. He averaged 5.0 points and 5.7 in the Nets’ three wins.
Gerald Henderson, Charlotte Bobcats: Henderson was another Blue Devil to go down with an injury this past week, as he injured his calf, missing the team’s final two games of the week. Prior to his injury, he put up nine points and five rebounds in a loss to the Thunder, and 12 points, three rebounds and two assists in a loss to the Spurs... Read more
Every week throughout the basketball season, The Blue Zone will name the highest-performing Blue Devil the Duke basketball Player of the Week.
Statline- Sunday vs. North Carolina- 19 points, 6-of-12 shooting, four rebounds, three assists and one steal in 38 minutes.
The good: Liston provided an offensive spark for the Blue Devils in their final regular season matchup in Chapel Hill, scoring a team-high 19 points in Sunday’s 64-60 loss. Liston, who is one of Duke’s best spot-up shooters, also showed her versatility, scoring only nine of her 19 points from beyond the arc. She has proved this season that she can use her 6-foot-1 frame to post-up opposing guards and get the rim.
The bad: Liston had four turnovers compared to just three assists in Sunday’s game... Read more