Last week, someone upstairs decided it’d be fun to delete all the words between “Duke” and “underdog” except “is the”, and for the first time in this columnist’s memory, the Blue Devils played the role of the punchy, undermanned upstart as though they’d completely forgotten about last year’s success.
A dunk-heavy second-half outing by center Marshall Plumlee—who put up a career-high 18 points—helped the Blue Devils close out the game, as dida game-high 24 points from Grayson Allen.
Sophomore Grayson Allen scored 24 of his career-high 33 points in the second half to help the Blue Devils overcome a slow start and head into ACC play on a high note.
With Duke's matchup against Indiana in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl just days away, The Chronicle's football beat writers tackle key questions that will determine the outcome of the game as the Blue Devils aim to snap a bowl victory drought that dates back to 1961.
With senior Amile Jefferson missing from the paint, the Blue Devils avoided the usual doldrums that come around with December basketball and proved they could win without their captain behind a balanced offensive performance.
Duke leads Georgia Southern 47-32 after a half of play Tuesday at Cameron Indoor Stadium, and with the Blue Devils down a post player, it has been the consistent, impressive perimeter play of junior Matt Jones that has the No. 7 in the nation up by 15.