Duke vs Pittsburgh basketball

Duke vs Pittsburgh basketball”

Duke recovered to beat Florida State, 100-93, but last Saturday lost at N.C. State, 96-85.

I never thought I'd say this, but the thought of Duke on the road laying double digits scares me to death, especially after how they performed in their two conference losses this season, both on the road and both as a double-digit favorrite. The Blue Devils raced out to a 10-0 lead over Pittsburgh through the game's first four minutes and kept their foot on the gas pedal. The Panthers are the only ACC team without a conference victory and they haven't reached 70 points in their last five games.

Duke tends to respond well after setbacks, but this isn't the situation the Blue Devils are embracing. "Things that we do well that they might not do as well, ways we can have an impact on the game". Pitt is a decent team that has the ability to at the very least hang around with Duke, and with the spread sitting at 18 points at the time that I'm posting this, none of the 5 meetings between Duke and Pitt have been decided by more than 16 points.

Duke's offense is clicking on all cylinders, as the Blue Devils are putting up efficiency numbers not seen since the 2015 Wisconsin team.

The Panthers rank at the bottom of the ACC.

After listening to his coach preach defense over and over (and over) after N.C. State ran right by them, Bagley understood the Blue Devils (14-2, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) needed to stop worrying about scoring baskets and start worrying about preventing them.

Bagley III is now one double-double shy of the Duke freshman record, which is currently shared by Jabari Parker and Gene Banks.

Marvin Bagley III's 16 points and 15 rebounds fueled No. 7 Duke as the Blue Devils turned in a huge response after a weekend upset loss by pounding host Pittsburgh 87-52 on Wednesday night at Petersen Events Center.

Its best player, Ryan Luther, a 6-foot-9, 225-pound senior forward, was out with a foot injury for the third game straight.

Duke was also dealing with injuries. He's averaging 12.7 points and 10.8 rebounds per game.

Jared Wilson-Frame was Pitt's leading scorer with 17 points. It was his 13th double-double of the season, which is tied for second in the country. Grayson Allen, who had struggled shooting in Duke's previous three conference games, struggled again from the field.

Neither DeLaurier nor Bolden have started a game this season. He finished with 11 points and was 4-for-12 from the floor. The 6-foot-11 Bagley, one of the best National Basketball Association prospects in the country, did it despite shooting 7 of 16 from the field and just 2 of 8 from the free throw line. However, guard Trevon Duval asserted himself after Carter briefly went down with an apparent injury.

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