The Duke Blue Devils proved why they're ranked No. 2 in the polls.
Coach K's squad, led by the consensus number one pick in the 2015 NBA Draft Jahlil "Mr. Untouchable" Okafor, improved to 10-0 on the season. Okafor led Duke with an effort befitting his hype. He was simply unstoppable- drawing close to a dozen fouls, fought through double teams, and was the driving force for the Blue Devils.
After a competitive first half that saw them trail by 5, the Huskies came out quick in the 2nd. They were able to tie the game at 30 with 18:16 to play. From there, the Blue Devils opened it up and went on a 15-2 run to take the lead for good.
Of the many problems that plagued the Huskies, none stood out more than their inability to shoot the basketball with any consistency. Quinn Cook was tremendous on Boatright in the second half, cutting off dribble penetration. Countless possessions were spent with Boat or Purvis dribbling aimlessly for 25-30 seconds before rushing to heave a contested 2. Okafor patrolled the paint and controlled the glass, contributing to an overwhelming rebound advantage for Duke.
UConn threatened to get back in throughout the half, but once Duke got out in front, the Huskies couldn't catch them. Justyce Winslow knocked down a huge three pointer at the 2:45 mark to bring the lead back to nine.
Up nine with 2:08 to play Rasheed Sulaimon stepped over the line which gave the ball back to the Huskies. Boatright hit a contested 3 to cut it back to 6. On the other end, another shaky foul call on Brimah sent Okafor to the line, who missed both, but a tip in gave Duke an 8 point lead.
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