#4 Duke showed signs of struggle after two losses against Miami and North Carolina State, and looked to avoid their first three-game losing streak since 2007 when they went to take on the #6 Louisville Cardinals.
Rather sloppy play and poor shooting by Louisville caused Duke to go up by as many as 21. The Cards struggled to get shots to fall all game shooting just 18-61 (.295) from the floor.
Duke’s fantastic zone defense forced Louisville to shoot from beyond the arch and proved to be successful as Louisville went 4-25 (.160) in three-point shooting
The Cardinals looked to have life when Duke gave them a window in the last five minutes but once again they were not able to get the shots to fall.
The Blue Devils came out with a seeming easy win 63-52 giving Coach Krzyzewski his 998 win as he nears the 1,000 wins mark that he could reach when they visit MSG to take on St. Johns on the 25th.
Duke’s Jahlil Okafor continues to prove that he is the best in the country. Playing physical down low and showing off some big moves. The main reason he succeeds is because he doesn’t do anything he knows he can’t do. He hasn’t even attempted a three-pointer all year.
This win is huge for the Blue Devils as it turns them around and they can move on from those two loses and focus on their tough games ahead including St. Johns, #12 Notre Dame, and #2 Virginia.
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