Found November 03, 2011 on
The Duke Blue Devils are clearly not the team that they will be a week, a month or 3 months from now and it is definitely showing on the court. The Devils had a half of struggle in it’s first exhibition of the season against Bellarmine before blowing the Knights out and in exhibition number 2 Shaw would not go away losing eventually to the Devils 80-66, a score you would expect from Duke playing an N.C. State or UVA.
Some of Dukes struggles were of their own making. The defense has to improve, team defense is a staple of a Coach K team, and there were plenty of lapses in this game. Duke had some issues containing the speed of Shaw in this game, and while not a name that most know they are the defending CIAA champs and have some experienced guards who were able to break down Duke off the dribble. Duke allowed 4 players to score in double figures, something that barely happens even in ACC games.
There was plenty to also like in this match-up, we have to give the coaching staff cred...
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DURHAM, N.C.-- Duke came into its second exhibition game with a mission to improve, and for the final 24 minutes of Wednesday's contest with Shaw University the Blue Devils managed to do exactly that.
There are those that may argue that Duke isn't all that young a team but when you consider just how little the current core of players have played together they really are a new group. The evidence can be seen in the first two exhibition games and more specifically how the Blue Devils played defense in those games.
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