Duke puts that thang on Illinois

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I was happy to see the boys in Blue handle their business last night against those Fightin’ Illini en route to a sound 79-66 decision.

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VISITORS: Duke 4-0
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
12 Kyle Singler         f  3-6    0-1    2-3    0  1  1   5   8  1  3  0  1  25
42 Lance Thomas         f  2-2    0-0    1-2    0  1  1   4   5  0  1  1  1  25
03 Greg Paulus          g  2-6    2-4    4-4    0  3  3   2  10  4  1  0  1  31
15 Gerald Henderson     g  8-15   2-4    5-8    1  4  5   1  23  1  0  2  0  26
21 DeMarcus Nelson      g  6-8    0-0    4-6    1  5  6   4  16  2  0  1  0  31
02 Nolan Smith             1-1    1-1    3-4    0  0  0   1   6  0  3  1  1  10
20 Taylor King             0-0    0-0    0-0    0  1  1   0   0  0  0  1  0   2
30 Jon Scheyer             2-6    1-3    2-2    1  6  7   1   7  2  2  0  0  32
55 Brian Zoubek            2-2    0-0    0-0    1  2  3   4   4  1  0  1  1  18
   TEAM                                         1  3  4             2
   Totals                 26-46   6-13  21-29   5 26 31  22  79 11 12  7  5 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 15-26 57.7%   2nd Half: 11-20 55.0%   Game: 56.5%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  3-6  50.0%   2nd Half:  3-7  42.9%   Game: 46.2%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half: 11-13 84.6%   2nd Half: 10-16 62.5%   Game: 72.4%    3

Duke started relatively slowly. It seemed like it took them a while to get into the flow of the game. I think that was due in part to Illinois’ decision to neutralize Kyle Singler by putting the more athletic, but still 6 foot 8 inch Randle on him. That worked and Singler shot a modest 3 for 6 from the field.
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But let me tell you, Duke realized that our athletic guys, DeMarcus and G. Hendo, could get into the lane basically whenever they wanted, the flood gates opened up. It all started with DeMarcus really manning up as he added a little finesse to his power game. It paid dividends. Markie was 6 for 8 from the field for 16 points. G, well G just went off.

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Dude poured in 23, but more importantly, he showed diversity in his game. He showed a solid mid range game, he sent the pill home with a few dunks, he even knocked down a couple threes.

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Add to it a few solid rebounds and some defensive plays and you just gotta love what you’re seeing from G Henderson. Dude is finally putting it all together and it’s just a beautiful sight to see. I love seeing DeMarcus, Singler and Hendo in the game together. It just gives us so many ways to score. Add in an aggressive Greg Paulus who looks for his shot and timely plays from Jon Scheyer coming off the bench and you really have something with this team.

You also have to notice and appreciate how Coach K is using Zoubek so much early. No question, use the dude and develop him while you can. But dammit, has that cat ever used the weight room?

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“Always bend at the knees”

I don’t need him to be as light on his feet as sugar ray (and I’m talking about the lead singer of that horrible band) but I do need him to be able to grab a rebound that hits him di-rec-it-tally in his hands. I do need him to jump off the ground more than 2 inches and I do need him to show some heart. It’s still early, but homey needs to put that Patty LaBelle, I’ve got a new attitude, followed by some 50, Onyx, hell, Metallica so we can jump start that man’s ticker.

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Now I aint saying he’s like these nillas, but
he aint doing much out there killa

Tomorrow is a big test in Marquette. Hot guard play and real athletes in the post. They play an up tempo brand of ball and they’re aren’t afraid to mix it up.  Oh and yeah, they blew out Oklahoma State.

Speaking of not being afraid, I liked how Singler really gave that fool a stern look when he tried to buck up to him after that hard foul. What’s wrong with these studio gangster clowns who want to fight whenever someone messes with their styled weaves….by the way, when will the Iverson cornrows go out of style? I’ve always thought they looked a little soft, but at this point, they’re looking like the flattop did circa 1995….it just has to go. Anyway, Singler showed some heart, showed he’s not afraid, hell, showed he might whoop some ass.. I like it.  As for that “tough kid” from IL, dude, it’s basketball.  If you don’t want anyone to touch you, go back to your knitting class.  That’s how you’re eligible anyway, right?

Go Duke.

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– Lake

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