It is never too early to look at the resume for the Duke Blue Devils men’s basketball team as some good results poured in for the program in Durham.
Just a few days after No. 15 Duke (9-2, 1-0 ACC) dominated Iowa, 74-62, inside Madison Square Garden the Hawkeyes had to quickly turnaround and face rival No. 20 Iowa State on Thursday night and the game was never close.
Iowa (7-2) jumped out to a 26-4 lead over the Cyclones in its 75-56 route.
The result is certainly good for the metrics and analytics for the Blue Devils, although it is only early December.
Duke also saw another one of its Big Ten foes pick up a miraculous victory as No. 25 Ohio State (7-2, 1-0 Big Ten) topped Rutgers with a controversial 3-point buzzer beater from Tanner Holden.
The shot was Holden’s only points of the game but before he received the pass from Bruce Thornton in-bounds, he was standing out of bounds and the play should have been whistled dead by the officials and possession given back to the Rutgers.
Instead, Ohio State picked up a 67-66 victory and will have over a week off before it travels to New York City to face North Carolina on December 17.
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The Duke Blue Devils women’s basketball program took the floor on Thursday night against Austin Peay (3-5) and it was a complete domination from the opening tipoff.
Kara Lawson‘s team ended the first quarter with an 18-0 lead as it picked up yet another victory, 74-31.
It was the fewest amount of points the Blue Devils have allowed this season and its fourth straight victory after Connecticut handed Duke (9-1) its only loss of the season in the Phil Knight Legacy Tournament.
Duke’s offense has been rolling in its last two games, averaging 87.0 points per game.
The Blue Devils posted 100 points on Sunday in a 51-point victory over Richmond (6-3).
Lawson’s team will be back in action on Sunday in its final non-conference game of the season on the road against Florida Gulf Coast (8-1).
Men’s Basketball Schedule Update
The Duke men’s basketball team saw an update to its schedule when the ACC announced its matchup on December 31 against Florida State has been moved to 1:00p.m. ET.
The game was originally scheduled for 2:00p.m. ET inside Cameron Indoor Stadium.
ESPN2 will still broadcast the game.