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Blog: Duke routs UNC-Asheville, 91-55

Posted November 18, 2013

Duke Blue Devils forward Jabari Parker (1) drives against Kansas Jayhawks guard Andrew Wiggins (22) during the State Farm Champions Classic at the United Center on November 12, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. Kansas defeated Duke 94-83. (Photo by: Lance King)

FINAL: Duke 91, UNC-A 55: Led by 21 points from freshman Jabari Parker, the Duke Blue Devils improved to 3-1 on the season by beating UNC-Asheville Monday, 91-55

HALF: Duke 48, UNC-A 28: Duke is leading on the scoreboard by 20 points at the half but is also leading in field goal percentage, 3-point percentage, rebounds and turnovers at the break as they look to regain top-5 status.

20:00 1st: Duke vs. UNC-Asheville: Duke will trot out starters Hood, Jefferson, Sulaimon, Parker and Cook as they take on UNC-Asheville.


PREGAME

The sixth-ranked Duke Blue Devils will begin regional action in the NIT Season Tip-Off, as they play host to the UNC Asheville Bulldogs in the opening-round on Monday evening at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

The winner of this game will play either Norfolk State or East Carolina in second-round play on Tuesday.

Mike Krzyzewski's Blue Devils bounced back from a tough loss to Kansas (94-93) in the Champions Classic in Chicago last week with a resounding 97-64 rout of Florida Atlantic at home three days later. With the win, Duke extended the nation's longest homecourt non-conference win streak to an astounding 103 straight games. The Blue Devils are no strangers to this event, as they are an impressive 22-2 in the Preseason NIT, with championships in 1985, 2000, 2005 and 2009.

The Bulldogs are certainly looking at quite the challenge in this contest. Nick McDevitt's first season with the team has gotten off to a bit of a rocky start, with UNC Asheville sporting just a 1-2 record thus far. The team dropped its first two games of the season to then top-ranked Kentucky (89-57) and Western Carolina (74-67), but McDevitt did pick up his first win as head coach last time out in a 67-58 overtime win at College of Charleston.

Despite residing in the same state, there isn't much history between these two teams. Duke won the only other meeting, a 99-56 lopsided affair in 2008.

UNC Asheville outscored the Cougars 13-4 in the overtime session to pick up its first win of the season last time out. Freshman guard Andrew Rowsey had a strong game, leading the charge with a game-high 23 points. Senior forward Jaron Lane added 13 points to the cause, while junior center D.J. Cunningham provided inside balance with a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds, while also recording six blocked shots in the game.

Rowsey has made an immediate impact for UNC Asheville, averaging a robust 19.7 ppg on a sizzling .524 shooting. Will Weeks is next in the scoring column (13.0 ppg), but is currently nursing a knee injury suffered against Western Carolina and may not be available for this event. Cunningham as two double- doubles in three games this season and comes in at 12.7 points, 10.7 rebounds and 4.0 blocks per game.

Duke made light work of Florida Atlantic last time out, thanks to the frontcourt duo of Rodney Hood and Jabari Parker. Hood, a Mississippi State transfer, had his best game in a Duke uniform, erupting for a career-high 28 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the floor and 12-of-13 from the free-throw line. Parker may be the best freshman in the country and has gone for 20+ points in all three of his collegiate games thus far, including his first double-double of his career, a 21-point, 10-rebound effort against the Owls.

With the lineup Duke has, there isn't going to be many losses on record when all is said and done. The team is averaging 97.0 ppg and is shooting the lights out from everywhere (.586 from the floor, .516 from behind the arc). Parker has been an all-around monster, shooting .585 from the field, including a ridiculous .688 from 3-point range (11-of-16). He is leading the team in both scoring (23.3 ppg) and rebounding (8.3 rpg). Hood is delivering on 69 percent of his field-goal opportunities and is putting up 20.3 ppg. The scoring pool is deep, with Quinn Cook (13.0 ppg), Rasheed Sulaimon (12.3 ppg) and Amile Jefferson (11.7 ppg) all making significant contributions as well.

The Bulldogs stand little chance of keeping this one close. Duke is unbeatable at home outside of ACC play and even then, the Blue Devils don't lose often. Expect Parker to continue to impress, as Duke continues to roll.

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  • jeromeandcandie Nov 19, 2013

    you mean like the unc player who after every time he makes a basket, although he rarely does, but the one who flexes his muscles and makes his tough face to the crowd even if unc is losing and it is the only shot he makes all game. I guess you hate him too. It does not bother me at all, the duke and unc players that do it are just showing emotion and are fired up, I just hate hypocrites who rag on dukes players when there players do the same thing, not to mention your "playa's off driver street" remark would apply more to unc's pj hairston don't you think. When someone has to stoop that low their team must be on hard times, aka unc!!!

  • abcersimback Nov 18, 2013

    did anyone see that hood player dunk and then get all in the crowd. after that unc-a calls timeout and hood and some other playa in the dook huddle were head butting each other. is dook getting playa's directly off driver street in durham.

  • junkmail7276 Nov 18, 2013

    I just came across some interesting factoids about Belmont University. Did you know, for instance, that Belmont is located in scenic Nashville, TN and has approximately 6900 students?

    "Belmont University is a student-centered Christian community providing an academically challenging education that empowers men and women of diverse backgrounds to engage and transform the world with disciplined intelligence, compassion, courage and faith."

    Wow----who knew?

  • RDI Nov 18, 2013

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    Believe me, every duke fan is glad Hansbrough is gone
    and with good reason. Coach K is estatic.

  • 903 Hook em banned Nov 18, 2013

    if parker's play is called a flagrant 1, i'm happy for hansbrough that he used up his eligibility before this year...

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