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Duke finds defense in time to take on Michigan

SoVaNow.com / December 04, 2013
By Tucker McLaughlin Jr.

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No. 10 Duke, suddenly in danger of falling out of the Top Ten, rediscovered its defensive side Tuesday, repelling no. 22 Michigan, 79-69, to improve to 7-2 this season.

The Blue Devils had slipped a notch after losing to Arizona in the finals of the NIT season tip-off in New York, and last year’s national runner-ups presented a formidable challenge in Cameron, in one of the best matchups of the ACC-Big Ten challenge.

Duke has been struggling with cohesive team defense, but the Blue Devils had a quality effort in that regard Tuesday. Duke was especially effective in the first half, limiting the Wolverines to 30.8 percent shooting from the field, and one-of-six from three-point range. Both teams shot better in the second half, but the visitors from the Big Ten finished at 44.6 percent overall and 3-of-13 from three point range.

Duke shot 60 percent in the second half and got a balanced effort. Quinn Cook had his best game of the season, shredding Michigan for 24 points, all in the second half. Cook had nine assists and only two turnovers. Cook also went 10-for-10 from the foul line and played 37 quality minutes. Jabari Parker continued to slow a bit since his torrid opening pace and finished with 15 points and six boards. Rodney Hood added 14 points and five boards.

Caris LeVert led this young Michigan outfit, now 5-3, with 24 points. Michigan had a so-so night with ball security, finishing with 12 assists and 12 turnovers, and the Wolverines, held at arms length, never made the kind of late-game run that Vermont enjoyed in the last non-conference game at Cameron.

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said, “Our guys played really well tonight. They played so hard on the defensive end and we beat an outstanding team. You know, John [Beilein]’s teams are terrific. They give you so many looks offensively and defensively, but our defense was outstanding tonight. One of the keys for us was to trying to limit [Nik] Stauskas, because Stauskas, we felt coming into this game was the best 2-guard we would face so far this season, and a huge thing is we didn’t give up any threes in transition.

“In the half court there was a big emphasis on trying to keep the ball out of his hands and trying to keep him away from his normal operating,” he said.

I thought Tyler [Thornton] and Matt [Jones] really did an outstanding job with that.”

Stauskas was not a factor, finishing with four points, three boards and four assists in 34 minutes. He went 0-for-2 from the floor.

Duke certainly kept Michigan from making a decisive second half run, and the Blue Devils had a solid floor game, with 15 assists.

“We cared for the ball, we only had 7 turnovers, we rebounded the ball well, except at the end, in the last minute and 30 seconds,” said Krzyzewski.

“Quinn [Cook] was magnificent. The whole game—even though he didn’t score in the first half he managed to continue well, and we told him to be very aggressive in the second half and he was. And he was 10-for-10 from the line, which sews up the game. So I’m proud of our guys who’ve gotten better, we’re getting better, a little bit more cohesive. We’re getting to know one another a little bit more, and you know we have to keep that going. And we have this break now for exam week for us, these next two days for our kids academically are monster days with projects and papers and that’s before exams next week so we have off tomorrow, we’re going to come back on Tuesday and figure out our exam schedule before we come back in about 13 days,” said Krzyzewski.

Duke looked better defensively after Arizona sped by the Blue Devils in New York. Duke, which now takes its exam break, has had a challenging recent run, with a win over a good Alabama club in New York, followed by the loss to Arizona and then the rally effort over Michigan.

“I think even without stats we are playing better defensively. We played an outstanding defensive game tonight—not a good one, I mean an outstanding defensive game tonight, and part of that is just learning to play with one another. Sometimes after a game when another coach talks about your team, they say some things that resonate pretty well. Sean Miller, after we lost to Arizona, somebody was asking him about Jabari [Parker] and he said all good things. But he made a really interesting point, and it’s kind of what I’ve been trying to tell you all, that we’re not there yet, and I don’t know when we will be there, but he said Jabari will be even better when we’re more cohesive.

Duke also did a decent job on the boards, pulling down 32, while Michigan had 31.

Andre Dawkins, meanwhile, provided a major lift with his second half 3-point shooting, helping keep Michigan in check. He had eight points. Cook, meanwhile, saw growth on the defensive side.

“I think earlier, [against] ECU and Vermont, we got a lead and kind of let up, but today we didn’t let up because we were conscious of what we had done before. We didn’t let up today and it was a good performance for us.”

“We’re getting better daily. Guys are stepping into roles and roles are changing. It’s a long season and we can’t just stay the same the whole season. We want to keep getting better and keep teams on their toes. We’ve got a long way to go,” said Cook.

“We took it upon ourselves, and we had a meeting and we said, ‘Regardless of what happens on the offensive end, we’ve got to help each other out on the defensive end.’ I think at the beginning of the season, we started off just guarding our man and hoping our man doesn’t score rather than helping each other. The last three games, even against Arizona, we really helped each other out. And we’re getting better, as far as defensive rebounding,” said Hood.

ACC HOOPS UPDATE: No. 4 Syracuse downed Indiana Tuesday in the ACC-Big Ten challenge. The Orange sailed by Indiana, 69-52, and improved to 8-0. Georgia Tech (6-3) also got a quality 67-64 win over Illinois and Pitt, also 8-0, held off Penn State, 78-69.

Virginia Tech also dismissed Winthrop, 81-63. The Hokies have been a bit of a surprise and are 6-3. Jarell Eddie shredded Wintrop with 34 points. Virginia stood at 7-1 heading into last night’s showdown with Wisconsin in the latest round of ACC-Big Ten challenge action.

Inconsistent North Carolina lost to UAB and the Tar Heels were 4-2 heading into last night’s game at top-ranked Michigan State.

Minnesota also defeated Florida State, 71-6

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