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Duke hoops primer

Here are some quotes and post game wrap ups leading up to our Duke showdown. The Devils are 15-0 in Cameron this season and haven't lost at home since February 11, 2009 to the Tarheels. The Devils haven't lost to Tech at home since the magical 2004 season.

Georgetown shot 71.7 percent, its sharpest night under Coach John Thompson III and the Hoyas' best since 1980. It was the first time the Blue Devils allowed an opponent to shoot 70 percent since 1984.
All of it contributed to Duke's worst margin of defeat in a regular-season nonconference game since a 16-point loss to Indiana in 1996.
Durham Herald-Sun - A chilly reception


The eighth-ranked Blue Devils (17-4) fell to 1-4 in road games thanks to a Georgetown team collectively creating enough heat to clear the icy trail from Durham to D.C.
Durham Herald-Sun - Road again proves unfriendly to the Devil


The ability of Georgetown's big men to handle the ball far away from the basket kept 7-foot-1 Duke senior Brian Zoubek out of the game plan. Zoubek, who was averaging 15.8 minutes per game, played a season-low two minutes and had just two fouls and a turnover to show for it.
Charlotte News Observer - Observations from the Georgetown game


If NCAA Tournament bids were announced today, Duke would probably be a No. 3 seed, and North Carolina would fall to the NIT.
Charlotte News Observer - Duke, UNC exposed


The greater point: When Tech needs to score, the ball finds Peacock. He has great faith in his ability to make a shot. He’s a senior, and he has seen college basketball in a way the freshman Derrick Favors, who supplanted Peacock as a starter, has not.
AJC - Tech’s Zachery Peacock: The best sub in college basketball


The calendar hasn’t even turned to February, and Georgia Tech just played the kind of basketball game it wants to play in March. Tough team defense. A strong presence inside. Freshmen all over the floor making plays — blocking shots, hitting jumpers, not throwing away the ball — or hope.
AJC - Georgia Tech putting it all together at the right time


"We feel like every team we run into in the ACC is going to be a tough opponent. We are 4-3 right now going into this game, and obviously Duke has got an outstanding team. We are going to have to play really well in order to get a victory." - Paul Hewitt Press Conference

Tech is 16-5 overall, 4-3 in the Atlantic Coast Conference, tied for fourth place in the ACC standings. The Yellow Jackets have their best record through 21 games since the 2003-04 season and have beaten three top-25 teams in the last month, including a 71-67 win over No. 5 Duke on Jan. 9, a 73-71 triumph at No. 12 North Carolina Jan. 16 and a 66-64 win over No. 17 Clemson on Jan. 19. - Yellow Jackets travel to play Duke

Tech is 5-34 overall at the cramped confines of a certain little building in Durham, N.C. where the Crazies live, and this is since 1946, when Tech played there for the first time six years after Cameron Indoor Stadium opened.
AJC - Tech will have to beat a tougher Duke team at Cameron for No. 6