Duke basketball report card for Week 3 of conference play

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Duke basketball’s defensive grade for Week 3 of ACC play: B

Duke’s defense is the entire reason the Blue Devils were able to bring the Virginia Tech game within one possession in the second half. They cut the Hokies’ shooting percentages from all areas of the floor in half, in an effort head coach Mike Krzyzewski said he was very happy with:

“At halftime, we reacted great, and I thought we played very well in the second half. More than that, we competed…They had 28 points in the second half. We had opportunities. We were in a position where our guys came back to put us in a position to win, and we could not knock down a shot. We had some good looks where we could [put] one-possession game pressure on them.”

Jordan Goldwire once again led the defense back to the world of efficiency, taking four of Duke’s six steals on the game with the energy that only the senior guard can bring.

Like last week, Goldwire continues to make his case for ACC Defensive Player of the Year. Not only that, but he also is providing great leadership that this young Duke basketball team desperately needs.