Jabari Parker’s Career Night Spearheads Duke Blue Devils

By Troy Dixon
Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

Tonight was a great night for the Duke Blue Devils. Their win against Boston College was the kind that can generate a great deal of momentum for their next few games. You better believe that they’re going to need it.

Their schedule isn’t going to get any easier anytime soon. Of their seven remaining games, the Blue Devils will be facing off against bitter rival North Carolina twice. Additionally, No. 1 ranked Syracuse will come to Cameron Indoor Stadium on Feb. 22 to have a rematch with the Blue Devils of their overtime thriller from a week ago.

The most important part of tonight’s victory was Jabari Parker’s explosive night. He was able to set new career highs with 29 points and 16 rebounds. He also was able to do this while still having a very efficient night shooting the ball.

If you were able to watch the game, you might have noticed that Parker is starting to loosen up and let the college game come to him more naturally. Instead of pulling up for too many transition jumpshots, he will now use his athleticism to drive past his opposition to get easier baskets in the paint. There he was able to throw down a few thunderous dunks, one of which got him a technical for hanging on the rim.

It was noticeable in previous contests that he would appear to force the issue a lot in trying to just put points on the board — which may have contributed to the slump he went through a while back. Undoubtedly, his game as a part of coach Mike Krzyzewski’s system has never looked better than it has recently. The team will need more of what he has been bringing to the court lately.

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