Duke basketball opponent gives Blue Devils bulletin board material

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The Duke basketball team was given bulletin board material prior to its matchup with Georgia Tech. 

Every player who does not put on the blue and white uniform of the Duke basketball program wants to beat the Blue Devils, badly.

While many hold the sentiments, most do not dare to publicly express it as to avoid “bulletin board” material or potentially waking a sleeping giant.

As Mike Krzyzewski’s team is in the midst of one of its worst seasons in recent memory, Georgia Tech senior forward Moses Wright has one thing on his mind: beating Duke. And he’s not afraid to share it.

Following the Yellow Jackets’ victory over Syracuse on Saturday afternoon, Wright was asked in the postgame press conference his thoughts on the upcoming senior night against the Blue Devils and what a victory would mean for him.

“We [Georgia Tech] definitely hang our heads on the Duke loss, because we felt like….well, we don’t feel like. We know we are a better team compared to Duke, so, ain’t gonna sugarcoat that one,” Wright said.

You think that quote made its way around the Duke locker room ahead of its trip to Atlanta?

But Moses Wright wasn’t done yet.

“They coming in, Duke, Senior Night, we going to get the ‘dub. We owe them big time because we should’ve beat them at Cameron. That hurt. I really wanted that one at Cameron. I know all my teammates did too.”

Georgia Tech is facing a different Duke basketball team

While Moses Wright can certainly want to get revenge against the Blue Devils on his home floor, this will be a different Duke team the Yellow Jackets are facing.

In its 75-68 loss in late January, Duke was led by freshman forward Jalen Johnson with 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting, taking the game over offensively down the stretch.

Johnson is no longer on the team, or at the university, and the Blue Devils have since looked much different on the basketball court, so perhaps Wright shouldn’t be as confident heading into the rematch.

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Duke is coming off its first loss without Johnson on the floor, an 80-73 overtime defeat against Louisville on Saturday night.

Tuesday night will be a critical matchup for both teams in hopes of reaching the NCAA Tournament, and perhaps Moses Wright’s comments were the extra motivation the Blue Devils will need to pick up a huge and much-needed road victory.

Tipoff is scheduled for 8:00pm EST (ACC Network) inside McCamish Pavilion.

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