The Duke Blue Devils took home another impressive win tonight, defeating the #4 Ohio State Buckeyes 73-68, proving that they are going to keep on rolling, regardless of who their opponent is. The win puts the Blue Devils at 7-0 on the season and gave them a victory over three of the four teams featured in last year’s Final Four. Above all, the victory was sweet revenge for the Blue Devils, who were blown out by the Buckeyes in the ACC/Big 10 Challenge last season.
Mason Plumlee led the way with 21 points and 17 rebounds, once again establishing himself as arguably the best player in the nation at the moment. Rasheed Sulaimon also played a pivotal role with a dominate 17-point second half performance, following a miserable first-half that saw him head into the locker room with zero points and little signs of explosiveness.
Ohio State dominated the first half, heading into the locker room with a 31-23 lead, but the game took a drastic turn in the second half following a mega one-handed dunk off an alley-oop from Quinn Cook to Mason Plumlee. The result? Duke’s offense would catch fire and the Blue Devils would go on to outscore the Buckeyes 50-37 in the second half, sealing their third win over a top-five ranked team just seven games into their season.
Other performances worth mentioning:
-Ryan Kelly struggled with foul trouble, but still managed to score 15 points, including a three pointer that finally lifted Duke into the lead. His non-stop hustle defense was also very key in the victory.
-Tyler Thornton showed his typical non-stop hustles, coming up with a few key plays down the stretch, including a forced turnover and an offensive rebound in the last minute.
-Quinn Cook (a.k.a. Quinnsanity) had another solid performance, scoring 12 points and dishing out 8 assists in the victory. Even more important, Cook managed to settle down Duke’s free throw problems down the stretch, and finished 6-7 from the line. Quinnsanity needs to do a floor slap already.
-Rasheed Sulaimon > Austin Rivers
A more thorough review will be up soon. Rejoice, Duke Nation!