Normally, the Duke Blue Devils have at least one game a year in which they allow an inferior team to pull off an upset. This year, that has not been the case with all of Duke’s losses coming to quality teams.
With North Carolina and Syracuse in back-to-back games this week, the Blue Devils couldn’t afford to take a night off against the struggling Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. With every game being oh-so valuable this late in the season, Duke has to win the games they are supposed to win to stay in contention for a no. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.
Duke wasted no time dispatching the Yellow Jackets early on by building an early nine-point lead just barely four minutes into the game. Duke brought their defense, repeatedly not allowing Georgia Tech’s guards to get anything going offensively, scoring 10 points off five turnovers early in the game.
Jabari Parker and Rodney Hood led the way for the Blue Devils in the first half, scoring 10 and nine points respectively in building a comfortable 16 point halftime lead.
The Blue Devils continued their impressive play in the second half, dominating Georgia Tech and showing no hangover effect after an emotional victory over a very game Maryland squad this past Saturday. Duke forced the Yellow Jackets into 12 turnovers and held the Yellow Jackets to under 40 percent shooting from the field.
Duke, on the other hand, shot just under 45 percent for the entire game and committed only four turnovers. Parker and Hood led the way with 16 and 14 points respectively, with Parker also grabbing 14 rebounds.
There is no time to celebrate for the Blue Devils as their two biggest games of the season occur on Thursday and Saturday, and although things were easy tonight, the Blue Devils will have their hands full these next two games.