Duke 73, Michigan 81: On second try, Wolverines fell Blue Devils | Sports | Indy Week
INDY Week's sports blog

Archives | RSS | Follow on | Add on  

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Duke 73, Michigan 81: On second try, Wolverines fell Blue Devils

Posted by on Sun, Dec 7, 2008 at 7:53 PM

Two weeks ago, on a neutral Madison Square Garden court, Duke bested Michigan by a convincing 15 points to win the Coaches v. Cancer tournament, and solidify their reputation as one of the country's top five teams.

Last night in Ann Arbor, however, was a different story. Michigan forward DeShawn Sims (who scored 10 points off the bench in the teams' previous meeting) overpowered Duke's inside defense, and came away with a career-high 28 points, en route to a 81-73 victory over the previously undefeated Blue Devils. Meanwhile, Kyle Singler, Duke's star forward, was three assists shy of a triple-double, but was uncharacteristically dismal from behind the three-point arc, going just 1-for-9. Despite solid offensive performances from the Duke starters, Saturday night's loss was a reminder of the team's defensive achilles heel--and what can happen when one shooter is off.

Also of note: Former starting point-guard Greg Paulus played just 10 minutes, and in that time, took, and missed, four three-pointers. It appears Coach K isn't afraid to keep Paulus on the bench, even in close games--and certainly not when he's missing shots.

Next up: UNC-Asheville at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Dec. 17. The Bulldogs have lost five in a row, but last night, forward Reid Augst dropped 29 points against Big South conference leaders Virginia Military--a stat that should be concerning for the Blue Devils. Nevertheless, we anticipate a strong return to form at home.

Tags: , , ,

Pin It


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

INDY Week publishes all kinds of comments, but we don't publish everything.

  • Comments that are not contributing to the conversation will be removed.
  • Comments that include ad hominem attacks will also be removed.
  • Please do not copy and paste the full text of a press release.

Permitted HTML:
  • To create paragraphs in your comment, type <p> at the start of a paragraph and </p> at the end of each paragraph.
  • To create bold text, type <b>bolded text</b> (please note the closing tag, </b>).
  • To create italicized text, type <i>italicized text</i> (please note the closing tag, </i>).
  • Proper web addresses will automatically become links.

Latest in Sports

Twitter Activity


This was a great read until we got to the World Cup part (who knows or cares, this is America) …

by ProudlyUnaffiliated on A short history of the Dutch in South Africa, 1652-2010 (Sports)

what i gonna to do is to be my hero and be awesome, just like them, cannot change history and …

by heartnecklace on A short history of the Dutch in South Africa, 1652-2010 (Sports)

Most Read

No recently-read stories.

Visit the archives…

© 2016 Indy Week • 201 W. Main St., Suite 101, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
RSS Feeds | Powered by Foundation