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Duke Blue Devils
Georgia State Panthers
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
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 ...
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Mike Krzyzewski wants his latest Duke team to resemble some of its predecessors.
He wants the eighth-ranked Blue Devils to play aggressive defense. He wants toughness, togetherness and passion at that end of the floor.
Some of that was missing last year when their opponents had the ball - and among other things, that inability to consistently stop people helped lead to one of the...
Not often do you face a trap game in the first game of the season, but given how Duke played in their season opener against Georgia State it looked like the Blue Devils were in one.
Duke played a sloppy first half of basketball, even by first game standards but were able to bounce back in the second both offensively and defensively to take care of business winning 74-55. Still...
Mason Plumlee scored a game high 19 points and grabbed 14 boards to lead Duke to a win over Georgia State on Thursday.
It may have been the Duke Football team’s bye week and the player may have the next two days off but it has been far from just a down week for the Blue Devils.
Several news items came out of the week, perhaps most notably were some rewards and recognition that was handed out to several of the players.
Freshman place kicker Ross Martin was honored with being named as one of 20...