Duke Outlasts Ohio State 73-68

Written November 28th, 2012 by Eric

Participating in the ACC/B1G Challenge, the Buckeyes traveled for their first ever game at Cameron Indoor Stadium against the Duke Blue Devils. The result was the ultimate game of runs as Duke put together a long come-back in the second half to pick up the 73-68 win. DeShaun Thomas finished with only 16 points, his lowest scoring output of the season so far. He was joined in double digits by Lenzelle Smith and Aaron Craft with 11 a piece. Duke’s Mason Plumlee lead all scorers with 20 points and a ludicrous 17 rebounds, and was joined in the double digit club by Rasheed Sulaimon with 17, and Ryan Kelly with 15.

The Buckeyes dominated the first half, finishing with a 31-23 lead to go into intermission. That was made primarily possible by the total lack of scoring from Duke, caused at least in part by the excellent Buckeye defense in their half-court man-to-man set. Unfortunately, the Buckeyes couldn’t connect on a number of open looks, and their shooting percentages were unfortunately low despite a rather poor defensive effort from the Blue Devils throughout the early going.

Everything changed in the second half. Mike Krzyzewski must have gotten into the Blue Devil’s ears in the half as they came out highly motivated on both ends of the court. It took some time, but they slowly chipped away at the Buckeye lead until they eventually claimed it with only 5 minutes left in the game. Duke’s rebounding on the defensive end improved, but most importantly they began to hit their outside looks when it mattered most.

Regardless of the outcome, this is a positive result for the Buckeyes. There’s no such thing as a moral victory, but there definitely are positives you can take away from a loss. The Bucks learned a number of things they have to start doing better. However, they also learned that they’re in a very good position already this season. Duke is a fantastic basketball team this year, and both teams put together a great game for us tonight.

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BBN Basketball LiveBlog: Duke

Written November 28th, 2012 by Eric

The B1G went 4-2 in the B1G/ACC Challenge last night, and the B1G needs only to go 3-3 tonight for a win. Hopefully one of those wins comes for the Buckeyes as they take on the Duke Blue Devils

Joining us as usual – and special thanks to all of them for making these such a great success – are the other members of the Buckeye Blogger Network. Make sure to stop by their place and say, “hey”: Buckeye Ninja, Our Honor Defend, Men of the Scarlet and Gray, Buckeye Empire, Silver Bullet, The Buckeye Blog, Unscripted Ohio, and Fox Sports Ohio.

The Liveblog will tip around 9:00 PM EST, with the Basketball game starting at 9:30PM on ESPN.

Go Bucks!

Pregame Glance: Duke Blue Devils

Written November 27th, 2012 by Eric

That favorite time of the year has returned, the annual duel known as the B1G/ACC challenge is upon us! As one of the top teams from last year’s Big Ten season, the Buckeyes redrew the Duke Blue Devils for their matchup. This time, though, the game will be played in the cozy*, friendly*, confines of Cameron Indoor. The rematch is on!

Da Dookies!

School: Duke University
Location: Durham, North Carolina
Founded: 1838
Student Population: 14,591
School Type: Private
Division: NCAA Division 1
Conference: Atlantic Coast Conference
Stadium: Cameron Indoor Stadium
Seating: 9,314
Opened: 1940
Head Coach: Mike Krzyzewski
Experience 33rd Year

*Your actual experience as an opposing team may vary. Drastically.
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Pregame Glance: Duke

Written November 28th, 2011 by Eric

The now #2 ranked Buckeyes get set to take on the #3 ranked Duke Blue Devils in Value City Arena for their part of the B1G/ACC Challenge. Let’s take a look at the Dookies!

The Dookies!

School: Duke University
Location: Durham, North Carolina
Founded: 1838
Student Population: 14,248
School Type: Private
Division: NCAA DIV I
Conference: Atlantic Coast (ACC)
Stadium: Cameron Indoor Stadium
Seating: 9,314
Built: 1940
Head Coach: Mike Krzyzewski
Year: 32nd

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Impressions: Duke and Maryland

Written February 5th, 2011 by Jay

Earlier this week on Wednesday night the Duke Blue Devils faced off against the Maryland Terrapins in an ACC game coming just before the halfway point of conference play for both teams.  Maryland had already lost once to Duke on the season, a 71-64 final in Durham back on January 9th.  For Maryland, Wednesday night’s game represented a chance for a little revenge, not to mention a marquee win to bolster the team’s tournament resume.  For the Blue Devils, a victory would count as another quality road win and further solidify Duke’s place as one of the elite teams in the country despite looking vulnerable after picking up their second loss of the season just a few days prior at St. John’s.

Duke came into this season looking like the runaway team of the year, highlighted by the stellar play of freshman point guard Kyrie Irving.  However, after a toe injury sidelined Irving (he just got his cast off on Thursday), Duke suddenly became mortal again, and expectations for a run to a second straight national championship diminished somewhat.  It still looked like the Blue Devils would run away with the conference title in a relatively weak ACC this year (and it still does), but there would probably be some bumps on the road.  Maryland has played Duke as tough as any ACC team over the past decade, and the fans at College Park were chomping at the bit for another shot at their pedigree rival from the South. Read More