In Duke’s blowout win over Cornell on Wednesday Dec. 19, seniors Mason Plumlee and Seth Curry showed up in a big way.
Plumlee has arguably been the best player in NCAA hoops this season, and continues to impress as he put up 18 points on 8-for-8 shooting. He also racked up 9 rebounds, and 3 shot blocks. Even with the great performance, and consistent shooting, Plumlee was below his season averages in points and rebounds, showcasing his overall season all the more.
Curry also shot well from the floor at 70%, and was 50% from 3-point range. Curry finished leading all scorers with 20 points, and also stole the ball from Cornell on two occasions.
Both Plumlee and Curry are the clear leaders of this Duke team, but it has been the somewhat surprising performances of guards Rasheed Sulaimon and Quinn Cook that has solidified the Blue Devils as the best team in the country. Coach Mike Krzyzewski knew that he had significant performers in Plumlee and Curry, but coming into the season Sulaimon and Cook were still question marks.
Sulaimon scored 16 points against Cornell, and also contributed 3 steals. The freshman guard has been consistent for Duke, and his athleticism will give them a dynamic side as the season progresses.
Cook only scored 6 points, but he supported the scorers around him with 12 assists on the night. Cook has produced 11 points and almost 6 assists per game on average, and he is settling in as a true point guard. Without the responsibility of facilitating the offense this allows Curry to do what he does best, get open and knock down shots.
Also, as a side note, Plumlee’s younger brother Marshall Plumlee made his NCAA debut. He played just 2 minutes and recorded 1 block and 1 rebound.
Duke plays Elon on Thursday Dec. 20, the day after their Cornell victory.