Duke Slips By Michigan 73 – 71

Brian HoraceGeneral Information, Results/Thoughts8 Comments

And I mean barely….reminiscent of the Butler game last year, Duke nearly let this game get away from them, and while Michigan did stage a damn near comeback, mistakes by Duke on the offensive end were a huge culprit as well. Duke was not good with clock management, and made some poor decisions down the stretch. Some of this can be attributed to integrating a new player into the mix, some of it was just boneheaded shot selection, and some was a stout Michigan defensive effort. The 1-3-1 zone that Michigan employed seemed to stop the Duke offense in its track, I’m sure that will be a point of emphasis going forward.

Nolan Smith was solid and sound in this game scoring 24, Kyrie scored 11 and Kyle Singler had 13, not monster games but when Duke needed buckets, they got the ones they needed from the 3. Ryan Kelly was also no slouch putting in 11 points on this game. Where production was missing was from Seth Curry who didnt score and was o-3 but did have 3 assists.

Duke will have to play much better defensively and much better offensively, not that Michigan was a slouch but it only gets tougher from here. Duke will also have to make its free throws, thats 7 points Duke left on the floor not going to cut it later in the tourney. I’m just happy the game ended on the right side of the win column for the Dukies. Next opponent Arizona.

Michigan Wolverines
STARTERS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
Jordan Morgan, F 21 4-5 0-0 2-2 0 3 1 0 0 2 4 10
Stu Douglass, G 40 1-4 0-2 0-1 1 3 3 0 0 2 2 2
Zack Novak, G-F 40 4-9 4-9 0-0 1 5 1 3 0 1 3 12
Darius Morris, G 29 7-14 0-1 2-2 1 3 6 2 0 1 4 16
Tim Hardaway Jr., G 39 5-12 1-6 4-4 0 3 2 2 0 0 2 15
BENCH MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
Matt Vogrich, G 13 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Blake McLimans, F 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Jon Horford, F 2 1-1 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 3
Evan Smotrycz, F 14 5-7 2-2 1-1 1 1 0 0 0 1 5 13
TOTALS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
27-53 7-21 10-11 4 18 13 7 0 7 23 71
50.9% 33.3% 90.9%
Duke Blue Devils
STARTERS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
Kyle Singler, F 36 5-12 1-5 2-5 1 8 4 0 0 1 4 13
Miles Plumlee, F 15 2-3 0-0 0-0 2 3 0 0 1 1 2 4
Nolan Smith, G 38 8-13 2-4 6-7 1 4 2 0 0 2 2 24
Seth Curry, G 23 0-3 0-3 0-0 0 1 3 0 0 0 3 0
Mason Plumlee, F 18 2-2 0-0 0-2 3 7 1 0 1 4 1 4
BENCH MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
Andre Dawkins, G 26 2-6 2-5 0-0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 6
Ryan Kelly, F 23 5-6 0-1 1-1 2 3 0 0 0 0 3 11
Kyrie Irving, G 21 1-4 0-2 9-10 0 3 2 1 0 2 3 11
TOTALS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
25-49 5-20 18-25 9 31 12 1 2 10 18 73
51.0% 25.0% 72.0%