Duke heading into conference play on top

Posted January 3, 2013

— Duke has cleared it's non-conference schedule with a 13-0 record and now it's time to begin their ACC march. Fresh off of a 17 point win over Davidson the Blue Devils head into conference play ranked number one in the AP poll.

"Sometimes a non-conference schedule like that can wear you out, I just want to make sure we're fresh. For our guys to go 13-0 with out schedule is just magnificent," said head coach Mike Krzyzewski.

But with that number one spot comes responsibility and after hard fought wins over Davidson and Santa Clara the Blue Devils are getting accustomed to taking every opponents best shot.

"With the way we're playing teams are coming after us and we want to be in the position to be number one but when you're in that position everybody wants to take you down," said Duke forward Ryan Kelly. "We need to be ready for that battle every single time we step on the floor."

Duke's also learning to win when their top scorers are held in check. Against Davidson Ryan Kelly, Tyler Thornton and Quinn Cook combined for 43 of the Blue Devils 67 points.

"We have a lot of guys that we believe in and we have a lot of guys in different positions that we believe in that can do a lot of things for us," said Kelly. "On the offensive side of the ball it makes us tough to defend."

"We got a lot of good players and when they try to take certain things away, whether it's me or Mason, Ryan gets the benefit of it and guys like Tyler and Quinn got a lot of open shots and were able to knock them down," said Duke guard Seth Curry. "And that's what we need, we need guys ready to step up."

Duke wasn't picked to be in this spot but they are heading into conference play as the team to beat nationwide.


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  • VT1994Hokie Jan 4, 2013

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    Just wish we had more depth. We only have 8 on scholarship, and one went out with a broken ankle. Erick is carrying the load right now.

  • 903 mens national championships Jan 4, 2013

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    I am hoping to see them get into it again just like the 99-07 timesToo bad your President and AD don't feel the same way the fans do.

  • mattcmiller0 Jan 4, 2013

    Duke all the way. We may drop a few, but come march, Duke will be rolling to the Final Four.

  • cal008 Jan 4, 2013

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    While it was more so a few years ago (not discounting Vasquez and Hayes win in 2010 to tie for the ACC reg season) I am hoping to see them get into it again just like the 99-07 times. I miss that. But Duke looks pretty strong, even more so this year. Turgeon has done a really nice job so far and I'm looking forward to see how well they can play in conference.

  • heelsforever Jan 4, 2013

    They lose 2, maybe 3 games at most in coference.

  • blueduke4 Jan 4, 2013


  • mercadoedwin99 Jan 4, 2013

    duke is sum tail

  • mercadoedwin99 Jan 4, 2013

    duke is sum

  • blueduke4 Jan 4, 2013

    The past is all the haters have this season, since we are CLEARLY #1 THIS season.

  • DUKE4EVER Jan 4, 2013

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    Again, nice try, very weak, but your best effort.

    Reality is, this 2012-2013 season. Past seasons have ZERO affect on this year for any team.

    Quit living the past, dude, it has no future in it.

    GO DUKE!!




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