Duke wasn't anywhere near its best in the season opener. What the eighth-ranked Blue Devils did have was Mason Plumlee, and that was enough to beat Georgia State.
Yet - despite the Panthers' coach's strong opinions - the Blue Devils know they'll need to do much more to win their upcoming battle of bluebloods.
Plumlee had 19 points and 14 rebounds to lead Duke to a 74-55 win over Georgia State on Friday night.
''It was OK. It wasn't an efficient game - a lot of turnovers, some things I should have finished,'' Plumlee said. ''But it's the first game of the season. We aren't supposed to be peaking right now. I'll be alright, and I'll be better the next game.''
Seth Curry added 15 points and surprise starter Tyler Thornton had 13 for the Blue Devils, who shot 51 percent and hit 11 3-pointers while holding the Panthers to 37 percent shooting.
They kept Georgia State without a field goal for 5 minutes during the run early in the second half that propelled them to their 31st straight ...