Duke basketball unselfishness shining as winning streak builds

Duke basketball guard Tyrese Proctor (Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports)
Duke basketball guard Tyrese Proctor (Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports) /

The unselfishness of the Duke basketball team continued to shine in Cameron. 

Another quick turnaround looked like it would be an issue for the Duke basketball team on Monday night inside Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Following its blowout road victory against Syracuse on Saturday night the Blue Devils looked sluggish coming out of the locker room against lowly Louisville as the Cardinals jumped out to an 18-9 lead behind a scorching start from Durham native El Ellis.

Jon Scheyer was able to focus his team during the first media timeout to outscore the Cards 33-15 over the final 13:15 of the first half to take a 42-33 lead into the locker room behind its ball movement and defense.

Duke (20-8, 11-6 ACC) continued to roll after a pair of Louisville free throws opened the second half with a 7-0 run to take a 14-point lead as the Blue Devils would lead by fewer than 10 points again in its 79-62 victory.

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Each starter scored at least 10 points as Jeremy Roach led the way with 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting while Mark Mitchell and Kyle Filipowski each had 13 points on a combined 10-of-15 shooting.

Duke’s unselfishness has been a major difference in the last two games after posting 22 assists on 30 field goals against the Orange, the Blue Devils racked up 19 assists on 29 made baskets on Monday night.

Scheyer shortened his rotation to eight guys against Louisville (4-24, 2-15 ACC) and each player recorded at least one assist in the victory as Duke’s winning streak has grown to three consecutive games.

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The three game home stand for the Blue Devils looks favorable on paper and Monday was clearly the easiest challenge.

Rematches against Virginia Tech (16-11, 6-10 ACC) and North Carolina State (21-7, 11-6 ACC) await in its next two games after both programs dispatched Duke on the road this season.

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Improving its potential NCAA Tournament seeding, and placement in the ACC standings, is the most important thing for the Blue Devils as the team appears to be peaking at the perfect time of year.

The Hokies will enter Cameron Indoor Stadium for a primetime matchup on Saturday night (8:00p.m. ET, ESPN).