DURHAM-- The game story, in case you missed it. A few more thoughts:
***It wasn’t hard to miss the offensive display in Duke’s 111-77 win against Davidson. But there was a significant chance on the defensive end of the floor that led to the Blue Devils’ overall success.
"We didn’t pick up full court," Mike Krzyzewski said. "The two exhibition games, we were kind of all over the court. And we were using energy and not getting anything from it. We picked up at three-quarter court and just tried to lock in on people. That’s how we practiced the whole week. That doesn’t mean we’ll never press, but you can’t press them, they get it in so fast."
***In 2011, when the Blue Devils had depth to spare at the forward position, Marshall Plumlee and Alex Murphy redshirted. This year, Duke is again stacked at that position, with Rodney Hood, Jabari Parker, Amile Jefferson, Josh Hairston, Plumlee, Murphy and freshman Semi Ojeleye. Any idea that Ojeleye might sit this year out and take a redshirt were quickly erased, though, as he entered the game with six seconds left before halftime. He also played four minutes in the second half, finishing 0-for-1 from the floor with a turnover and a steal.
***Preseason Southern Conference Play of the Year De’Mon Brooks had early success, drawing Amile Jefferson into two fouls within the first five minutes of the game, but it wasn’t anything Duke couldn’t overcome, thanks to their lights-out shooting. Brooks finished with 24 points and seven rebounds.
There will be times, Krzyzewski said, when the Blue Devils will use Hood and Parker at the "so-called" four and five positions.
***Krzyzewski had this to say about Rasheed Sulaimon, shedding light on what’s been a dissapointing preseason for the returning starter:
“He’s had a good week. I think he’s finally in good shape. He has not had a good fall.
“Rasheed had a great week of practice. He’s an explosive player, a really good player. He should expect him to play at that level that he played tonight. It was a big pick-me-up for us.”
*** Matt Jones continues to earn praise from Krzyzewski. In the latest edition, he listed the three most defensively prepared freshmen to arrive at Duke: Tommy Amaker, Bobby Hurley and Matt Jones.