The Duke Basketball team defeated the Colorado State Rams on Friday night and there were certain things the Blue Devils did well and some things that didn't go so well in the victory.
On Friday night the Duke Basketball team moved to 2-0 on the season and the 2019-20 Blue Devils introduced themselves to the Cameron Indoor Stadium crowd for the first time this season.
Coming off of a 68-66 win over then No. 3 Kansas, the Blue Devils returned to Durham to face the Colorado State Rams and it wasn't a sloppy first half, but it wasn't as crisp as some would have liked to see.
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Duke blitzed Colorado State at the end of the first half to take a 42-26 lead into the break and the Blue Devils continued that onslaught in the second half, cruising to a 89-55 victory.
There were some areas of the game that the Blue Devils improved on coming off of the season opening win over the Jayhawks, but in some aspects of the game where Duke took a step back, and that's going to be expected throughout the season in each game.
Duke had five players reach double-figures, four of which were starters, and the one starter who did not score at least ten points, Matthew Hurt, finished with nine.
Cassius Stanley followed up his epic Tuesday night performance with another stellar outing, pacing the Blue Devils with a team-high 19 points and seven rebounds.
Sophomore point guard Tre Jones was as good and reliable as always, with 15 points, five rebounds, and eight assists, and it seems that it's only a matter of time before the Minnesota native notches a triple-double this season.
Mike Krzyzewski leaned on his bench even more than he did in the Champions Classic as ten players saw more than 12 minutes in the win over Colorado State as Joey Baker saw his first action of the season, adding four points, one rebound, and two steals.
Newly appointed captain Justin Robinson also played eight minutes, although he was unable to score on the night.
Duke still has a lot to iron out before it's a finished product, but things are trending in the right direction, especially if they are able to correct the things you will find on the stock down list.
Cassius Stanley finds himself on the Stock Up list for the second game in a row and the second time in his college career.
Stanley has emerged as Duke's go-to scorer, something that was a major question mark coming into the season, but his eye-popping performance against Kansas carried over to the win over Colorado State.
It'd by silly to consistently expect these outstanding performances out of Stanley, but he can be that calming force that's able to get Duke a bucket when they need it, then he has the ability to stitch his name in to Blue Devil lure.
Wendell Moore's first game as a Blue Devil didn't go as planned. Against the Jayhawks the freshman wing looked out of place, overwhelmed, and overmatched.
Moore looked the same way against Colorado State coming off the bench, but in his second stint on the floor, he looked much more fluid and confident.
The Charlotte native ended the night with ten points, a rebound, and a steal on 5-of-6 shooting and if Wendell Moore is able to consistently produce those type of numbers on offense along with his stellar defense, then he will fit in perfectly in Durham.
Alex O'Connell is in a pivotal year as a Duke Blue Devil and so far he's proven that he's matured and improved on the court.
Against Colorado State the junior scored 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting, but more importantly he was 3-of-6 from 3-point range.
O'Connell was the only Blue Devil to make a 3-pointer outside of a late bucket from Matthew Hurt beyond the arc.
While shooting is a major key for O'Connell this year, his defense is vastly improved and on Friday night he also contributed six rebounds, three assists, and two steals.
Alex O'Connell is a major X-Factor for the Blue Devils this season and if the Georgia native can be the next great volume scorer in Durham, Duke will have it's sights set on something much bigger.
As a senior captain, a lot is expected out of Javin DeLaurier and while he certainly hasn't had a bad start to his 2019-20 season, it also hasn't been great.
DeLaurier struggled against the size and length of Kansas and did the same against Colorado State.
He finished with five points and five rebounds, which is good in 17 minutes, but for a player who gets a good number of his shots near the rim, he was only 1-of-4, something that has to improve.
On Friday night, DeLaurier and Jack White ran into each other, White the majority of the impact, but thankfully both players were fine, but it could have been a much different situation.
Stop me if you've heard this before, but Duke has struggled from the foul line so far in this short season.
It was ultimately the charity stripe that cost the Blue Devils this year, and while Tre Jones was able to salt away the victory at the free throw line against Kansas, but Duke only made 14-of-23 (60.9%).
Things didn't get better on Friday against Colorado State as the Blue Devils just made 11-of-18 (61.1%).
Free throws might not win you a game, but they sure can lose a game and if Duke doesn't improve, they could be looking at a situation very much like last season.
The sport of basketball has developed into a chuck it and hope it goes in mentality, primarily due to the success of Stephen Curry and his 3-point shot.
Unfortunately while that has been going on, Duke has been making less and less of their attempts and it could have a lasting impact.
Duke isn't a 3-point shooting team, with the exception of a couple players, namely Alex O'Connell and Matthew Hurt.
Those were the only two players who made a 3-pointer against Colorado State as the Blue Devils shot 4-of-22 (18.2%) and against Kansas the Blue Devils were 8-of-24 (33.3%).
It's completely fine that Duke isn't a 3-point shooting team once again this season, but the Blue Devils must stop letting the 3-ball fly and force the ball into the big men in the paint or to find the slashers, like Stanley for an easy bucket.