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Blog: No. 8 Duke tops UCLA at the Garden, 80-63

Posted December 19, 2013

Duke's Quinn Cook during the Blue Devils' game versus Michigan on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 in Durham, NC.  Duke defeated Michigan 79-69 (Photo by Jack Morton).

FINAL: Duke 80, UCLA 63: Jabari Parker scored 23 points as one of three Duke starters in double figures as the Blue Devils beat UCLA Thursday at Madison Square Garden, 80-63.

3:52 2nd: Duke 67, UCLA 59: Jabari Parker has gone over 20 points again and has chipped in eight rebounds in his quest for a double-double as Duke is in control late.

For UCLA, Kyle Anderson has 13 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists in his bid for a triple-double.

7:48 2nd: Duke 63, UCLA 51: Duke's lead sits at 12 at the under-8 timeout as they have forced 6 second-half turnovers and hold an edge in rebounds, assists and three pointers.

11:33 2nd: Duke 60, UCLA 49: Duke has out-scored UCLA 23-12 in the first eight minutes of the second half as they have opened up an 11-point lead.

Rodney Hood became the third Duke scorer in double figures wile Jabari Parker leads everyone with 19 points.

15:21 2nd: Duke 47, UCLA 45: David Wear is up to 16 points for UCLA but Quinn Cook has joined Jabari Parker in double figures for Duke as the Blue Devils lead by two in a fast-paced game.

HALF: Duke 37, UCLA 37: At the break, Duke and UCLA are tied in a fast-paced affair. Duke's Jabari Parker leads all scorers with 11 points.

With UCLA playing a lot of zone, Duke is settling for a lot of threes. They have attempted 19 threes and only 15 twos in the rest 20 minutes.

UCLA is playing a very clean game with just two personal fouls and just five turnovers. Guard Kyle Anderson has 7 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals at the break.

1:56 1st: UCLA 34, Duke 33: Jabari Parker has 11 points and five rebounds but a balanced attack from UCLA has the Bruins up by a point late in the first half.

UCLA has seven players on the board and are led by 7 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists from Kyle Anderson.

6:40 1st: UCLA 26, Duke 23: UCLA tool their first lead of the game at 24-23 and added to it with a transition bucket as he momentum and the lead has changed hands with under seven minutes to play before half.

11:48 1st: Duke 18, UCLA 10: Andre Dawkins entered the game and promptly hit an NBA-range three as the Blue Devils continue to lead by eight midway through the first half.

15:00 1st: Duke 15, UCLA 8: Jabari Parker scored six of the Blue Devils first eight points and their lead sits at seven at the first media timeout from the Garden.

Rodney Hood has chipped in four points and Tyler Thornton has three assists in the early going as well.

20:00 1st: Duke vs. UCLA: Duke will start Cook, Hood, Thornton, Parker and Hairston in front of a large, pro-Duke crowd at MSG.

Thursday is the first meeting between the storied programs in the last 11 years.


PREGAME

A marquee matchup is on tap for Thursday night at Madison Square Garden, as the UCLA Bruins take on the eighth-ranked Duke Blue Devils.

UCLA started the season a red-hot 8-0, which allowed it to climb all the way to No. 18 in the rankings a few weeks ago, but it promptly fell from the polls following a Dec. 7 loss at Missouri (80-71). The Bruins got back on the winning track on Saturday afternoon, as they returned home to down Prairie View A&M, 95-71.

Duke began the season with sky-high expectations but has fallen short of elite status by losing a pair of games to fellow nationally-ranked teams Kansas (94-83) and Arizona (72-66), with both setbacks coming on neutral floors. Since their latest loss, the Blue Devils have rebounded with back-to-back wins over Michigan (79-69) and Gardner-Webb (85-66) to improve to 8-2 on the season.

Duke leads the all-time series between these two historic programs, 9-6, which includes an 84-73 victory in the latest meeting in November of 2002.

The Bruins' latest triumph was never in doubt, as they shot a blistering 64.2 percent from the field on the night, helped themselves at the foul line by draining 20-of-28 and created 17 takeaways as they dismissed Prairie View A&M by 24 points. Jordan Adams sparked the triumph on both ends of the floor, contributing 18 points and five steals. Kyle Anderson and Norman Powell netted 13 points apiece, while Travis Wear and Zach LaVine each chipped in 10 points.

UCLA's offensive production has been the primary reason for its success this season, as it ranks second in the nation in both scoring (89.1 ppg) and field-goal percentage (.543) while also showcasing strong efficiency from 3- point range (.411) and the free-throw line (.744). Spearheading the attack is Adams, who scores 21.2 points per game on 53.3 percent shooting, while showing quick hands in the passing lanes as well (3.5 spg). LaVine and Anderson each pour in 13.8 points per game, with Anderson adding 8.7 rebounds and 6.7 assists per game to his arsenal. Powell has also been solid with 12.2 points per game on 60.3 percent from the floor.

The Blue Devils were actually outshot from the floor by Gardner-Webb their last time out, 54 percent to 50 percent, but they were still able to cruise to a 19-point victory by piecing together a 20-of-28 showing at the foul line and by earning extra possessions by dominating the rebounding battle, 37-22. Jabari Parker was outstanding as usual with 21 points on 7-of-12 from the field and 6-of-6 from the free-throw line. Andre Dawkins shot 4-of-8 from 3- point range off the bench for 18 points, Quinn Cook tallied 16 points and nine assists, Rodney Hood put up 15 points and Amile Jefferson hauled in 10 rebounds in the balanced effort.

Duke's offense has been excellent in its own right this season, as it shoots 51.7 percent from the field (including 42 percent from beyond the arc) for 86.0 points per game, which is 13.5 points more than it allows on the other end of the floor. Parker has quickly established himself as one of the nation's best players in his freshman year, boasting 22.0 points, 7.6 rebounds and more than a block and a steal per game. Hood (18.9 ppg) is about as good as it gets as a second option, while Cook is just as efficient scoring the ball (14.7 ppg) as he is dishing it out (6.6 apg).

UCLA has plenty of shooting prowess and is one of the few teams in the country that can keep up with Duke on the perimeter. The Blue Devils have shown to be vulnerable against athletic squads. In the end however, the Bruins simply haven't been tested as much as Duke in the early season, and that experience will prove beneficial in this one.

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  • StunGunn Dec 20, 2013

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    Agree about those dunks. UCLA looked very good in the first half. That Anderson kid is a beast. Alford has some good pieces in his team, and UCLA looked like a ranked team for a good part of the game.

  • mike honcho Dec 19, 2013

    I felt the game changed when the kid for UCLA went for the highlight dunk down 10 points with a few minutes left. It was a 4 point turn around, but way more than that mentally for UCLA. I'm sure coach Alford will have a word with him about taking the sure points. Those dunks are for teams up 10 with seconds on the clock.

  • Chapel Hail Dec 19, 2013

    ...

    .....

    ....... DUKE is DUKE and Con-a-lina is something less.

  • Analyze This Dec 19, 2013

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    Good Game for DUKE

  • rvm Dec 19, 2013

    Go duke! another one bites the dust!

  • modukev4 Dec 19, 2013

    Sluggish first half but an excellent 2nd half. Hope they can keep growing and figuring out their roles. Team chemistry is starting to come along gradually.

  • thinkfirsttypelater Dec 19, 2013

    this team is starting to figure it out. good times.

  • mike honcho Dec 19, 2013

    UCLA is a very good team, Anderson is the real deal. Can you imagine if the Wear twins were still in Chapel Hill?

    GO DEVILS!

  • Dreamchaser Dec 19, 2013

    Duke is clicking now.

  • 903 Hail Providence Dec 19, 2013

    My post about UNC fans pulling for UNC West and the Wear twins got deleted too?

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