Led by Jabari Parker‘s 13 points and a vastly-improved defensive effort, the Duke Blue Devils have jumped out to a 33-22 lead over Alabama at halftime.
Duke came out of the gates painfully slow, hitting just one of their first eleven shots, and found themselves down 12-5 at the 11:22 mark.
It was this point, however, that the Blue Devils would respond, finding a spark in freshman Matt Jones.
After back-to-back threes by Jones cut Alabama’s lead to one, Jabari Parker and Quinn Cook would take over, scoring Duke’s final 22 points of the half.
Despite the ups and downs of the offense, the biggest story to come out of the first half was the defense played by Mike Krzyzewski’s squad. Coming off a contest in which the Vermont Catamounts scored 90 points and shot 64.8% of the field, the Blue Devils have held the Tide to just 22 points and 34.6% shooting after 20 minutes.
Duke: Jabari Parker – 13 points, 6 rebounds, assist, steal, block
Bama: Algie Key – 5 points, 2 rebounds, assist, steal, block