Observations from Virginia-Duke

Jack DalyJanuary 13, 2012 

Quinn Cook attempted 3-pointers on two of Duke's first three possessions, missing badly on both. With Cook starting and earning widespread recognition for his strong recent play, it'll be interesting to note whether he looks for his shot more regularly. Cook attempted 10 3-pointers in Duke's first 10 games and 17 in the Blue Devils' most recent five entering Thursday's game. Cook spent more time on the bench than he has lately, and Duke used Seth Curry at point again for stretches.

Mason Plumlee missed his first five free throws, prompting the Cameron crowd to roar when he finally made his sixth. That seems a bit counterintuitive - if the home fans want to make Plumlee feel more at ease, shouldn't they treat his made free throws the same as his teammates? Plumlee is obviously anxious at the line. It doesn't seem like the murmurs when he is fouled and the disproportionate cheers when he's successful would help.

Tough to overstate how good Mike Scott was against the Blue Devils. Not only was he the best player on the court, but if he plays like that for the conference season, it's tough to imagine many better players in the ACC.

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