No. 1 Duke Blue Devils lose at home to unranked Syracuse Orange
- Author: Julie Sanders Jan 17, 2019,
Jan 17, 2019, 22:32
"Obviously they were extremely disappointed". On one side you have a Duke team littered with over five National Basketball Association caliber players who would be in the league right now. For now, though, it's wait-and-see when - or if - he's able to make it back on the court. We don't want to take any moral victories away.
Neither the injury or the illness was a determinant of the hard-nosed play of the Orange who were smarting after Georgia Tech came into the Carrier Dome on Saturday and took a 73-59 win in a game where the Orange shot only 31.6 percent and only 7-of-33 from three.
Xavier Johnson (@thexavierj0) played well vs Louisville in a win v Louisville w/21 (7/15, 2/4 on 3, 5/7 FTs), 10 ASTs, and 5 rebs. They average 12 more ppg and give up three less ppg and shoot better from the field while averaging almost eight more rebounds. Phil Cofer looked closer to his pre-injury form, finishing with 21 points, including five 3-pointers. Duke's scheduling had become a topic after an AP Top 25 poll voter opted against putting the Blue Devils on his ballot until they (and a few other schools) played a true road game.
S.W.: To me, this the biggest story of the season for Duke. Trusting God. Praying every day to be who I was. My coaches and teammates have helped me with my confidence. "But I'm happy with the energy that we brought". But, Battle couldn't connect on a 3-pointer with time winding down, forcing the extra period.
Mann leads the team across the board with 11.8 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 1.9 assists per game to go along with a 54.5% field goal and 44.0% 3-point percentage. "We've worked too hard not to take open shots", Battle told ESPN's Allison Williams in his postgame interview. And they are going to continue to get better. "Great execution by them, and great finish by a very good player". "We've got to go back and look at film and see how he delivered that pass right on the money".
"The game plan was to have Tre Jones and Cameron Reddish", Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. Pittsburgh topped FSU in the last meeting up north two seasons ago, but came up short last season in Tallahassee, 88-75. His scoring average has dropped from 14.4 points last season to just 6.7 points through his first 12 games. "Whenever a kid hits a game victor like that, it's storybook". Two freshmen carried the load for the Blue Devils as RJ Barrett scored 32 and Reddish had 23.
The hulking Williamson has a strong case as the nation's best college basketball player and the vision issue that sidelined him for the second half of Saturday's 80-78 win at Florida State was certainly cause for concern until he was back in the starting lineup against Syracuse. Johnson overcame seven turnovers to score seven points down the stretch, including a driving layup with 2:43 remaining that helped restore Pitt's advantage to 65-55 after Florida State cut a 10-point deficit in half.