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Blog: Duke fends off upset-minded Vermont, 91-90

Posted November 24, 2013

FILE: Rodney Hood (5) during Countdown to Craziness (Blue-White Scrimmage) on October 18, 2013 in Durham, NC.

FINAL: Duke 91, Vermont 90: Vermont led Duke in the closing minutes Sunday before the Blue Devils overcame the Catamounts with a free throw late and extended their non-conference, home win streak to 106 games in a 91-90 victory.

Duke was led by 26 points and nine rebounds from freshman Jabari Parker and another 22 points from Rodney Hood, who sealed the win from the line, in the win.

Vermont shot better than 64 percent from the floor in the losing effort and got 24 points off the bench from Hector Harold.

3:52 2nd: Vermont 78, Duke 77: Vermont is challenging a 105-game home, non-conference win streak for Duke at Cameron as they lead by one at the final media timeout. 

7:50 2nd: Duke 71, Vermont 69: Vermont continues their hot shooting and continues to play close tough at Cameron Indoor as it is a two point game with under 8 to play.

11:28 2nd: Duke 61, Vermont 59: Vermont is on a quick 6-0 run and shooting 68 percent from the floor for the game as they have narrowed the gap to just two points at Cameron with under 12 to play.

15:44 2nd: Duke 59, Vermont 49: After a pair of free-throws coming out of the under-16 timeout, Duke's lead is back up to double digits on Vermont led by 17 from Rodney Hood.

HALF: Duke 51, Vermont 43: Duke is on pace for triple-digits led by 15 points from Rodney Hood and an otherwise balanced attack as they take an eight-point advantage to break against Vermont.

6:51 1st: Duke 36, Vermont 25: Duke, who came in to the game looking to control the pace, is doing just that as they lead by 11 at the under-8 timeout of a high-scoring affair early on.

11:40 1st: Duke 21, Vermont 13: Jabari Parker continues to impress and is well on his way to another 20-point performance as he is already at seven and Duke leads Vermont 21-13 at the under-12 of the first half.

15:13 1st: Duke 9, Vermont 8: At the first media timeout, Vermont is hanging close to Duke with 4 points from Clancy Rugg. Duke's Jabari Parker has opened the game with 5 quick ones.

20:00 1st: Duke vs. Vermont: Seeking their 21st consecutive home win, Duke will start the usual suspects of Hood, Parker, Sukaimon, Cook and Jefferson.


PREGAME

The sixth-ranked Duke Blue Devils will attempt to extend their winning streak to four games on Sunday, as they welcome the Vermont Catamounts to Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Vermont, a 21-win team a season ago, has not gotten the new campaign off to a great start, as its only win in five tries came at home over Siena on Nov. 12, 77-66. Since that victory, the Catamounts have dropped three in a row, all on the road, with their most recent setback coming at Wagner on Thursday, 68-61.

In a national showcase game with Kansas in the Champions Classic on Nov. 12, Duke fell on the wrong end of a 94-83 final, but other than that tough defeat it has had a stellar showing in the early going with a 4-1 record. The Blue Devils have claimed victories over Florida Atlantic (97-64), UNC Asheville (91-55) and East Carolina (83-74) during its current homestand, and they have the nation's longest-active home winning streak over non-conference opponents at 105.

The Blue Devils and Catamounts met twice back in the 1970s, with the former coming away victorious each time.

Although the Catamounts managed to overcome a 13-point halftime deficit in their latest contest to take a one-point lead over Wagner with 5:21 to play, they again lost control of the game down stretch, getting outscored 13-5 the rest of the way en route to the setback. They shot less than 39 percent from the field, and they were especially poor from 3-point range where they missed all 12 attempts. Clancy Rugg was impressive in the frontcourt with 18 points, nine rebounds and two blocks, Hector Harold netted 11 points off the bench and Candon Rusin added 10 points.

On the season, Vermont has underperformed in all phases of the game, as it sports negative margins in scoring (-10.0), rebounding (-2.2) and turnovers (-1.0). Rugg is one of the few reliable playmakers in the lineup with 15.4 points and 7.8 rebounds per game, although he has committed 15 turnovers. Sandro Carissimo scores 10.6 points per game, but has been cold from beyond the arc (6-of-22).

The Blue Devils' clash with ECU at home late last week was much closer than they would have hoped, but despite the narrow nine-point victory, they were in complete control for the most part as they led by as many as 18 and never trailed. Rodney Hood had a career-best performance in the victory, as he was practically flawless (8-of-10 from the field, 12-of-12 from the foul line) on his way to 30 points. Freshman sensation Jabari Parker continued his world- class start to the season with 21 points, nine rebounds and six blocks, while Quinn Cook tallied a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Duke has scored points at will during the first five games, as its 93.0 points per tilt ranks ninth-best in the nation, while its lofty field goal percentage (.561) is fourth. Parker (22.4 ppg, 8.8 rpg) is shooting 55.6 percent from the floor, including a lights-out 13-of-20 from 3-point range, and he is just the second player in school history to score at least 20 in five straight games to start a campaign. Hood (21.8 ppg) is also off to an outstanding start, and Cook (12.6 ppg) has handed out 35 assists while committing only seven turnovers. Rasheed Sulaimon, Amile Jefferson and Andre Dawkins are also integral parts of the rotation, as each averages between 8.0 and 9.2 points per game.

Duke has been rolling over inferior competition at home here in the early going, and not much is expected to change in this one as the Cameron Crazies will be out in full force to see the Blue Devils' win streak continue.

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  • jeromeandcandie Nov 24, 2013

    and man, onegame game from unc and they are sweeping duke, that shows the desperation of uncs fans for anything, anything at all, if duke beats az, (that is not a gimme) and unc loses to someone not so good soon,( good possibility), will these posters come up here and say duke is sweeping us this year? you know most do not know cbb because just last week many of them were saying that very thing. IT literaly changes after each of these games, its called early season, working kinks out, etc..., any unbias fan knows this, they own the head to head all time, but they have been owned in the rivalry for a while now, do not know exact numbers, but espn and cbs. quoted it is close to duke 25,26,27 wins to 10,11 or so last good while, It would help the rivalry for a split this year, one thing I read stated it has lost luster lately. I promise you though, duke will make ncaa, and get a good seed, I think unc will to,

  • jeromeandcandie Nov 24, 2013

    I just do not get these fans, teams are going to lose to teams they should not, barely win against teams they should destroy, and even beat teams they should lose too. Teams like unc, duke, and other talented icons are going to get every ones best shot. no excuses here, duke has to improve on interior defense and stopping the drive, they also have to rebound alot better. they are very talented and start many fresh and sophs, but k will work it out. I am a realistic fan, duke could win the acc and even make ff4, but they also could finish ranked around 10-15 too. But these one game people kill me. unc's horrid play late against oakland, followed by holy cross, and of course belmont, have as much meaning to unc sucking according these people as the ecu and vermont games for duke. unc will be a good team in the acc this year I feel, and so will duke. did you unc fans say unc is horrible with those three poor showings, or it only applies with dukes poor showings. and as far as uncs quality win, yes it was but duke does not have an embarrasing loss on there resume, loss !!! How can so many take this game and say duke sucks, but somehow the unc embarrassments do not tell us that at all.

  • RDI Nov 24, 2013

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    Good luck getting K to come there, But he`ll gladly meet you guys in Jersey lol

  • adesmarais23 Nov 24, 2013

    What a game - lost with 5 sec. left 90-91. This Vermonter wants a rematch, either in Basketball, Hockey or Skiing - but this time at our place.

  • DEVILS1 Nov 24, 2013

    Play some defense, damnn

  • HEELSrocknU Nov 24, 2013

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    Yeah, i was hearing the hype too...and apparently that's all it was. If the Heels get PJ and McDonald back before the dook games get out the brooms the Heels will sweep them...we have a lock down in the paint

  • jrt0856 Nov 24, 2013

    After reading and hearing press and sports media talk about how great Duke is, I was worry as a UNC fan. But after seeing them against KS, ECU and now VT. Heck, they aint much better than UNC, at least UNC has a quality win against a good team.

  • wjuliang Nov 24, 2013

    :)

    I guess Louisville is no Vermont. lol What you jokers get, again, for talking smack about the Heels.

  • twodogsandus Nov 24, 2013

    I am a Duke fan but any team that wants to beat them only has to take the ball to the basket and Duke will stand there and let them shoot. Not trying to outcoach K but why doesn't Duke go to the basket also. Just wondering. Go Duke

  • RDI Nov 24, 2013

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    They absolutley play "0" interior defense.

    outplayed, out hustled and Vermont should really be kicking themselves
    this was their game to win.

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