Duke basketball: 4 studs, 2 duds from signature win over No. 1 Gonzaga

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Duke basketball players who were duds against Gonzaga

AJ Griffin

As great as AJ Griffin was in the final games of the Duke homestand last week, he was just as underwhelming against Gonzaga on Friday night.

The five-star recruit only played six minutes and did not score a point while missing the only shot he attempted.

Griffin is still working his way back from his knee injury suffered in the preseason, but the White Plains, New York native has not been great against the two high-level teams Duke has played this year.

Trevor Keels

Trevor Keels leaped onto the scene in the opener against Kentucky, but the freshman did not live up to those same standards on Friday against the Zags.

Keels only posted six points on 2-of-11 shooting from the field and 1-of-5 from 3-point range.

The freshman guard was also just 1-of-4 from the free throw line in the victory.

Poor games are not the norm for Trevor Keels this season, but the five-star recruit might have been overwhelmed by the opponent and moment just a bit.

Jeremy Roach

It’s tough putting Jeremy Roach on the ‘duds’ list after this game, but it seems justified.

Yes, Roach hit a clutch driving layup in the final minute of the game to give Duke a three-point lead, and the sophomore guard did not have a turnover. But prior to that shot, he was just 2-of-12 from the field and missed all four of his 3-point attempts.

Jeremy Roach finished the night with just nine points, two rebounds, and one assist on 3-of-13 shooting.

Roach was not great overall on Friday night, but when Duke needed him most, he was there.

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