- Just 12 home losses since 2005
- The return of Grayson Allen from suspension
- The final game for Coach K before back surgery
- Duke coming off an upset loss to Virginia Tech last weekend
You could say things were not exactly in the Jackets favor tonight. The result? A 110-57 loss in the first game since the massive upset win over #9 UNC.
Just over seven minutes into the game, Duke already held a 29-11 lead and never looked back, stretching the lead to 31 by halftime. The Jackets made just 22 field goals compared to Duke’s 39. The Tech zone proved ineffective, leading to open three after open three for the Blue Devils. They ended up making 16 on the night.
Grayson Allen made a big statement in his return from suspension, acting as the facilitator Duke has been missing. He finished with fifteen points and a game high seven assists. In his first career start, star freshman Harry Giles put up a double-double, with 10 points and 12 boards. Duke had five other players finish in double figures.
On a night like tonight, it is tough to pick anyone who stood out. If there was anyone who did though, it was freshman Justin Moore, who had one of the better games of his young career, finishing with a season high 13 points. Tadric Jackson was also in double figures with eleven points, while Josh Okogie, Ben Lammers, and Quinton Stephens all added nine. The bench scored just 6 points, compared to 36 for Duke.
It doesn’t get any easier from here, as the Jackets have #9 Louisville up next on Saturday.