Duke basketball: 4 studs, 2 duds from bizarre night at Cameron Indoor

Duke basketball forward Paolo Banchero (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)
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It was a bizarre day for the Duke basketball program in its victory over Gardner-Webb. 

Tuesday was a chaotic day for the Duke basketball program, but it had a happy ending as the Blue Devils (4-0) routed Gardner-Webb (0-3) inside Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Earlier in the morning, it was reported by the News & Observer that freshman Paolo Banchero and junior Michael Savarino, the grandson of Mike Krzyzewski, were involved in a DWI incident early Sunday morning.

Questions surrounded the playing status of both players, but as tipoff inched closer, Banchero was seen warming up on the floor as Savarino was nowhere to be found.

The freshman, who was charged with aiding and abetting DWI, eventually started for the Blue Devils while the junior, who was arrested for DWI, was not on the Duke bench.

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Krzyzewski mentioned after the game that the school and program are dealing with the matter and that both cases are two entirely different situations.

The looming legal matters clearly did not impact the rest of the team as Duke, after a slow start, was off and running to a 40-point victory over Gardner-Webb, 92-52.

Duke basketball preparing for another massive non-conference game

After a season-opening victory over then-No. 10 Kentucky, the Blue Devils have predictably dumped three straight mid-major opponents and will have two more matchups against Layafette and The Citadel before heading out to Las Vegas to face No. 1 Gonzaga on November 26.

Immediately following its trip to Nevada, Duke will head to Columbus, Ohio to face the No. 19 Ohio State Buckeyes in the ACC vs. Big Ten Challenge.

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Mike Krzyzewski will then host three more cupcakes before the final slate of ACC games in his head coaching career begins.

Nonetheless, if Duke gets the same type of performances as it did against the Runnin’ Bulldogs, the Blue Devils will be very difficult to beat this season.