Forcing a team to make their season average of turnovers in the first half usually means you will win the game. The Duke Blue Devils did just that with five minutes to go in the first half — a telling sign that they wanted to win the rivalry game against the North Carolina State Wolfpack with style of defense that featured a lot of gambles.
The Blue Devils forced 15 turnovers in the first half, five above the season average for the Wolfpack. Creating the turnovers was the hard part for the Blue Devils as they scored at will off the turnovers. Jabari Parker was back in form in terms of scoring after struggling of late. He got to the line basically at will in the first half with 10 attempts. Parker finished with 23 points, seven rebounds and three steals. He also made both of his 3-point jumpers, showing that he’s back.
The Blue Devils forced a whopping 21 turnovers in the rout of the Wolfpack. They won because of the aggressive perimeter defense that caused 14 steals. Duke won by a score of 95-60. If this happens throughout the rest of the season, look out ACC, the Blue Devils are going to take the crown.
John Lloyd is a Pac-12 Basketball Writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @JohnHLloydIII