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No. 1 Duke goes down



It was a quiet mid-January ACC game, a game that Duke and Syracuse faithful will be keenly aware of for the duration of the winter and one that will be fodder during the annual bracket debates.

No. 1 Duke (14-2) lost at home to the unranked Syracuse Orange (12-5) 95-91 Monday night in overtime.  Duke lost freshman Cameron Reddish before the game to the flu, then fellow freshman Tre Jones went down with a shoulder sprain in the first half. Jones is expected to miss several games.

Duke is now perennially super young. It’s the fab five every year. Freshman everywhere. Syracuse is actually pretty good despite being unranked. A veteran team.

You can throw the rankings out the window in December. They don’t mean a whole lot. They do get people and players jacked up for a tilt against Duke in the middle of January.

Coach K had this to say regarding his plan of attack against the Orange, “The game plan was to have Tre Jones and Cameron Reddish. I mean, what the hell… You do what’s there. Talking about game plan is just, ugh.”

“When you have two guys get hurt and injured, there is no game plan anymore. It’s a period of adjustment and adaptability throughout, so you’re trying to figure out ways to win. …you’re trying to survive with the people of the situation that you’re in.”


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Midseason home losses aren’t a killer for a top-seed like Duke they just can’t make it a pattern. Syracuse can ride this one into the bracket. If you’re keeping track Syracuse is one up on Duke all-time at Duke, holding the series lead at 3-2 in Durham.

Duke’s R.J. Barrett scored 23 points, taking 30 shots, with 16 rebounds and nine assists. He can play. Quietly behind the noise, freshman superstar Zion Williamson scored a career-high 35 points, breaking the record for the most by a Duke freshman in a single-game. Who holds the record for the most points by a freshman Dukie in a game?  J.J. Redick vs. Virginia, 1/15/2003.  Who has scored the most points in a single-game for the Blue and White? None other than Danny Ferry in 1988, he scored 58 against Miami.

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