Duke scored 51 first-half points on Sunday on its way to a rout over Boston College, which was a totally different story when these two teams battle last time. The last time the Blue Devils faced the Eagles, Boston College spent the majority of the game hoping for an upset victory. Duke escaped that Feb. 10 meeting with a one-point victory.
The Blue Devils got out to a 24-point halftime lead, thanks in part to Rasheed Sulaimon’s 15 first-half points. He went on to score 27 points to lead the Blue Devils to a blow out victory. Fellow freshman Amile Jefferson added a personal-best 14 points.
It is great to see Freshmen stepping up and playing like veterans as Sulaimon and Jefferson did for Duke. Young players don’t often play well at Cameron Indoor Stadium, unless you are a Duke player.
Mason Pumlee even commented on this: ”We’re a team with a lot of scorers…so when you have a team with multiple scorers, you can’t just focus in on one guy.” That was noticed in this game, Duke had five double-figure scorers for the fifth time.
“We have great shooters. We have great inside presence. We have people who are tough, who can rebound,” Sulaimon said. “When we add that dimension of driving and finishing, it just forces the defense to play honest. Now you have to pick your poison.”
Every team in the ACC needs to see how much this Duke team has improved since the beginning of the season. Players are stepping up from behind the arc and inside the paint. They are running their own race, and are ready to take down anyone in their pathway.
The biggest game left for the Blue Devils is to play Miami (FL) at home. The Hurricanes blew out the Blue Devils the last time these teams battled it out. This game coming up will be a different story, and Duke will be ready to show Miami who the Champs of the ACC should be.