Delaware (2-5) at (2) Duke (7-0)
Saturday, December 1, 2 p.m. (et)
The Sports Network
By Scott Haynes, College Basketball Senior Editor
FACTS & STATS: Site: Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314) -- Durham, North Carolina.
Television: RSN. Home Record: Delaware 0-0, Duke 3-0. Away Record: Delaware
1-3, Duke 0-0. Neutral Record: Delaware 1-2, Duke 4-0. Conference Record:
Delaware 0-0, Duke 0-0. Series Record: Duke leads, 1-0.
GAME NOTES: Coming off yet another marquee victory, the second-ranked Duke
Blue Devils close out a brief two-game homestand on Saturday, when they
welcome the Delaware Blue Hens to Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Mike Krzyzewski's Blue Devils have won all seven of their games to start this
season, highlighted by wins over three top-five opponents. The team has faced
three of the four participants in last year's Final Four, including a 73-68
win over fourth-ranked Ohio State on Wednesday, 73-68. The victory was also
the team's 97th straight non-conference home win.
Monte' Ross' Blue Hens have struggled out of the gate, losing five of their
first seven games. The two wins came against Penn (84-69) and Virginia
(59-53), but Delaware has dropped four straight games, including a 63-60 road
loss at Lafayette on Wednesday.
These teams have only played one other time, with Duke posting a 79-73 win in
Durham in 1995.
The Blue Hens dug themselves in an early hole, as the Leopards used a 14-0
first-half run to open up a huge lead at the break (37-21). Delaware came
roaring back in the second half, but fell by three points to Lafayette, on a
missed 3-pointer at the buzzer. The loss spoiled a tremendous performance by
Jamelle Hagins, who posted an eye-popping double-double with 18 points and a
career-high 23 rebounds. Devon Saddler poured in 17 points, while Kyle
Anderson added 11 in defeat.
Despite having three players averaging double figures in scoring, the Blue
Hens are not a deep offensive team. Delaware comes in averaging a mere 66.6
ppg this season, with almost a third of that coming from Saddler. The guard
has made more field goals (51) than everyone else on the roster besides two
have even attempted. Saddler is averaging a robust 21.4 ppg and is also the
team's top assist man (3.0 apg). Hagins (13.0 ppg, 13.4 rpg) has been the
perfect complement with his play in the paint. Jarvis Threatt (10.4 ppg)
rounds out the top threats, but he is listed as doubtful for this game with an
The Blue Devils started slow against Ohio State this week, but overcame a
31-23 halftime deficit by scoring 50 second-half points, on .581 shooting to
earn the victory. Mason Plumlee was dominant down low, finishing with 21
points and 17 rebounds. Freshman Rasheed Sulaimon poured in 17 points, while
Ryan Kelly and Quinn Cook finished with 15 and 12 points, respectively.
Duke has benefited by strong play at both ends of the floor, averaging a solid
77.4 ppg, while holding foes to just 65.4. Plumlee has been unstoppable this
season, converting 65.3 percent of his shots, while averaging team-highs of
19.9 points and 11.0 rebounds per game. Seth Curry (15.1 ppg) and Sulaimon
(12.7 ppg) provide plenty of perimeter support, along with Kelly (12.3 ppg)
and Cook (10.9 ppg).
Delaware has dropped 19 straight games to members of the ACC. Make it 20 in a
row, as the Blue Hens lack the personnel to get a win in Durham.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Duke 77, Delaware 56
12/01 10:40:31 ET
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