The Duke Basketball team picked up a win over the Georgia State Panthers but it was not pretty as several Blue Devils struggled on Friday evening.
You are what your record says you are and the No. 2 Duke Blue Devils are 4-0 after a Friday night victory over the Georgia State Panthers.
It certainly wasn’t pretty but the sophomore captain Tre Jones led Duke to a 74-63 victory over this Georgia State team who surprised people with its style of play, energy, and nothing to lose mindset.
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As a team Duke was 25-of-73 from the floor (34.2%), 7-of-28 from 3-point territory (25.0%), and 17-of-29 from the free throw line (58.6%).
Georgia State forced the Blue Devils into 17 turnovers and Duke was only able to register 13 assists in the victory.
Defensively, Duke was its usual stout self, forcing 17 turnovers, ten of them being steals, and as a team, the Blue Devils only committed 12 fouls in the 40 minutes.
In solely looking at the box score, it was a head-scratching game because the Panthers out-shot the Blue Devils with Georgia State going 25-of-60 (41.7%) from the floor, 5-of-12 (41.7%) from 3-point range, and 8-of-11 (72.7%) from the free throw line.
Duke clearly got more shots up than Georgia State, but the Panthers were more efficient than the Blue Devils despite the loss.
In what was a close game throughout, Mike Krzyzewski showed his trust in his bench, using a ten-man rotation. Nine players logged at least 11 minutes and senior captain Javin DeLaurier only played six minutes due to significant foul trouble.
The deliberations were not as stressful for the stock up portion this post, but for the stock down portion, there were many player to choose from.