The Duke Blue Devils have utilized a barrage of jumpers and free throws to open up a 48-32 lead over the Temple Owls at halftime of their contest. Temple’s offense has been swallowed by a harassing Duke defense, shooting just 35% and failing to take a single attempt from the free throw line.
Duke’s offense, meanwhile, has been every bit as superb as their defense, shooting 52% from the field, 55% from beyond the arc, and 75% from the free throw line, where they’ve already taken 16 attempts. Seniors Seth Curry and Marshall Plumlee are leading the way with ten points each, followed by freshman Rasheed Sulaimon with eight points and Quinn Cook and Ryan Kelly’s six points.
Temple’s biggest problem heading into the second half: foul trouble. They have four separate players, including three starters, with two fouls, and there is no reason to believe Duke will let up on the undersized Owls. If the foul trouble continues, Duke fans can expect their sixteen-point lead to shoot up even higher fairly quickly.
Duke’s biggest problem heading into the second half: slowing it down. Yes, they run a very fast offense, but they were trying to run it at a million miles an hour towards the second half, and it resulted in a collection of turnovers, sloppiness, and a small run by the Owls that kept them in the game. That isn’t a particularly difficult problem for Coach K to fix, however, and I fully expect the Blue Devils to be just fine in the second half.