Originally posted on Duke Blog  |  Last updated 11/3/11
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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