Duke is on a roll. Five takeaways from a Blue Devils’ fourth true win.
February 22, 2018 - Finding Carter
“Talk.” “Get behind in transition.” “Crash a defensive glass.” “Play tough together for 40 minutes.”
Those were among a difference created on a whiteboard in Duke’s locker room before a diversion opposite Louisville. The Duke players had all sealed their names during a bottom of a board, vowing to do those things in a game.
“We did that today,” pronounced Duke comparison ensure Grayson Allen, who scored 28 points Wednesday in Duke’s 82-56 win over Louisville.
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Duke’s players started signing their names on a whiteboard before to their 74-52 win over Virginia Tech on Feb. 14. Sophomore brazen Javin DeLaurier pronounced Duke manager Mike Krzyzewski asked a group in a assembly what they suspicion was many critical in a diversion plan. The players gave their thoughts.
“At a finish of a meeting, he pronounced ‘if we guys meant those things, come adult here an pointer them. Make it partial of your word,’” DeLaurier recalled. “And that’s something as a group we felt was important.”
Since losing dual true games – during St. John’s on Feb. 3 and during North Carolina Feb. 8 – Duke has won 4 straight, and now sits in second place in a ACC standings.
Here are 5 takeaways from Duke’s win over Louisville on Wednesday:
1. Duke’s invulnerability is on a role
After giving adult usually 56 points to Louisville Wednesday, Duke has hold 3 uninterrupted ACC opponents to underneath 60 points. That’s a initial time Duke has finished that given a 1980-81 season.
It started Duke’s home win over Virginia Tech on Feb. 14.
The Blue Devils followed that adult with a 66-57 win during Clemson on Sunday.
A vast partial of Duke’s new alleviation in invulnerability is a coaching staff’s preference to use section invulnerability as a primary defense. The Blue Devils brew mixed section defenses, that has thrown off their opponents.
When asked given Duke plays good in a zone, Krzyzewski pronounced his group is communicating and relocating more.
“We don’t have as many fringe guys, given even Jack (White) and Javin wouldn’t be fringe guys,” he said. “But we have length and we have sincerely good parallel transformation form any child and we will finish adult personification some man, too, though a things that we’ve finished in man, a drills and that, have helped us in zone. But we speak improved in a zone, we’re some-more one in a zone.”
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According to kenpom.com, an modernized analytic site, Duke has a 27th best invulnerability in a country.
2. Grayson Allen has been tough to stop
In Duke’s final 4 games, Allen is averaging 23.8 points, 4.8 assists and 2.3 steals per game. He is also sharpened 46 percent from a building overall, 41 percent from behind a three-point line and a ideal 21-for-21 from a giveaway chuck line.
Duke has been though freshman brazen Marvin Bagley III, a tip scorer, in those 4 games. And Allen has stepped adult big.
“He’s a four-year actor that we would design to play a approach he’s personification and he stepped adult in a deficiency of their lead scorer,” Louisville halt manager David Padgett said, “and he’s unequivocally holding over their group and he’s usually a good college actor and tonight he unequivocally showed why.”
Allen has finished this while also being Duke’s primary round handler. Freshman indicate ensure Trevon Duval has played some-more off round in a final 4 games, and has achieved well.
3. Bagley’s lapse date uncertain
Krzyzewski pronounced Wednesday night he isn’t certain when Bagley, who suffered a right knee twist in Duke’s diversion opposite UNC on Feb. 8, will return.
“It’s a day-to-day thing,” he said. “Marvin has a problem, or else he would play. He’s removing better. The thing is, it’s not a constructional problem. But if we weren’t endangered about him carrying some-more injury, he would play.”
In a diversion opposite UNC, Bagley jumped adult to squeeze a miscarry with about 7 mins left in a initial half. When he came down and upheld a ball, cameras showed him using with a slight limp.
Bagley played all though one notation of that game. He hasn’t played since.
“One, he’s not ready, though he’s removing closer now,” Krzyzewski said. “I don’t know when it will happen. But I’m not going to pull him.”
4. Wendell Carter Jr. is doing it all
Freshman brazen Wendell Carter Jr. has been one of Duke’s best players this season. On Wednesday opposite Louisville, he did it all, behaving on a defensive finish and descent end. He finished a diversion with 18 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 blocks.
Carter has a lot of shortcoming in a behind finish of Duke’s section defense. He’s a final line of defense. When hostile players get past a guards, Carter contingency be there to plea shots. And some-more times than not, he is.
The double-teams that would once find Bagley are now anticipating Carter.
“Wendell has unequivocally been fantastic, not good,” Krzyzewski said. “He’s had a good year, though these final few weeks he’s stepped it adult even more.”
5. Duke personification with some-more energy
The Blue Devils’ are personification with conspicuous some-more appetite than they did opposite St. John’s and UNC. They are articulate some-more on defense, removing some-more deflections. The dais is also personification most improved than it had progressing in a season, when there was roughly no production.
The deficiency of Bagley has forced players to step up.
Duke is personification a best basketball right now. The lapse of Bagley, who has been one of a best players in a country, will usually help.