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Washington Game Post/Blog

Date: 12/10/2011

Duke Basketball  
Posted By: Matt

Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York
December 10, 2011

OVERVIEW:   This Washington team is underrated; they were supposed to be a mid-tier Top 25 team, but have three losses early and haven’t beaten anyone.  Some roster adjustment was to be expected following the departure of Isaiah Thomas the Second and the Overton/Holiday/Bryan-Amaning senior class that almost bounced the Tools out of the NCAAs last season, but the Huskies’ 4-3 record is a surprise.  I think this will be a very close game and Duke will be lucky to win it.


Darnell Gant, 6-8 SR - - more of a wing guy who is being counted on to help inside.  Can shoot the three; is a terrible defender who hacks constantly. 

Aziz N’Diaye, 7-0 JR - - fully meets the N’Diaye Stiff Requirement, which states that anyone named N’Diaye must be a stiff.  Will have the job of guarding Mason Plumlee.  Not really a post scorer but can board and block. 

Terrence Ross, 6-6 SO - - sort of the unexpected breakout player on this roster.  Great shooter from all angles and can create his own looks.  Should give Duke fits with his height and speed. 

C.J. Wilcox, 6-5 SO - - more backcourt height to annoy the Blue Devils, handily targeting the Blue Devils’ most noticeable weakness.  The team’s best distance shooter and on-ball defender. 

Abdul Gaddy, 6-3 JR - - the point guard, taking over after a middling freshman season and a sophomore campaign lost to injury.  Nearly five assists a game.  

Desmond Simmons, 6-7 FR - - a bit of a Lance Thomas-type guy with a little less bulk and defensive presence, but a solid frontcourt contributor off the bench.

Tony Wroten, 6-5 FR - - from the same Seattle high school as Brandon Roy.  He’s the “heralded freshman,” but he’s been very sketchy so far.  Absolutely brutal shooter from the free throw line and is passing the ball into the seats at will.  Still, tons of talent.   

Martin Breunig, 6-8 FR - - wiry Deutschestiff who decommitted from Maryland following the Departure of Sweaty.  At least he can spot a program headed for a decade (at least) of mediocrity when he sees one.   

Shawn Kemp Jr., 6-9 FR - - Yup, Shawn Kemp’s kid.  Big, strong, raw.  Why does this sound like an ad for a porno?   

UPSHOT, PLEASE:   Well, this Duke team has trouble handling guys in the 6-4 to 6-8 range, since Dawkins can’t or won’t defend, Curry isn’t strong enough and Rivers doesn’t have the defensive instincts yet.  And this Washington team has tons of guys in that midrange area, so color me highly concerned.  Michael Gbinije to the white courtesy phone, please.  The Huskies are, luckily, butchers at the line, so Duke should foul when beaten off the dribble.  Ballhandling is also a concern for this Washington team, so on-ball pressure would be nice. 

X-FACTOR:  Washington played (and nearly beat) Marquette at the Garden on Tuesday night, then of course hung out in New York to await this one.  So they’re rested and hungry, seeking a quality OOC win before facing a slate of Pac-12 teams that is almost as bad as the ACC this season. 

PREDICTION?  Close win or narrow loss.  Duke 78, Washington 76.   


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Posted by: Serious G Date: 12/13/2011 4:44:28 PM  
I had the rare (rare for me, anyways) opportunity to attend Saturday's game at MSG. Not really much I can contribute other than what has already been well-covered in your posts, but I have a few thoughts:

- Miles was great on both ends, great to see the determination in finishing around the net
- although his shot was not dropping, I thought Dawk played a really good floor game (made good entry passes, was ok off the bounce, etc.)
- Great 2nd half by R Kelly, as noted - he mised a lot of chippies in the 1st, and I new if he continued to get those types of shots, he would fill it up. And he did.
- Great ballhandling by Q Cook, he was under a lot of pressure
- was impressed by #14 from the huskies (freshman), played a great game.

Husky fans (sitting all around me) are pretty cool, IMO.

"Seth Davis in studio to detract from the sum total of human understanding" That is some funny shit.

Posted by: tom Date: 12/11/2011 9:09:35 PM  
Sorry for the lateness. It's the time of year when I said I would go to a xmas party from 1 to 4! I watched the first half then rushed to the party thinking they would have the game on but no of course not. I was able to watch the last three minutes when it seemed like Washington couldn't miss (although Duke wasn't trying to foul) and we would do stupid stuff. I then had to go to another party in Raleigh that evening and stay there so I didn't even watch the full second half until today.
Mason played well but my God. The free throw shooting is approaching Shaq level. However, I disagree with what CK said about that it would make him more timid when he had the ball because he feared he would be fouled. Ok, whatever. RK came back in the second half and showed up after missing some buckets in the first. Austin played well. Is starting to drive and then dish out. Andre played well in the first half but not so much in the second. I hope Silent G gets more burn. It was good to see Cook come in after Austin and Curry fouled out. Curry is still a little off. But he did alright. Thornon was fine despite his split leg dribble pass. Guys can't seem to close out games. But hope they continue to improve. Anybody see that little kid go running out on the court at one point in the second half? I will give player of the game to Miles. Had some nice dunks and defended well. He will lose at least one or two balls a game. It happens but at least he isn't falling on the ground a la Casey Saunders. I also thought the Washington team was classy (helping Duke players up, etc). Very reflective of their coach. BTW. Last night I was at a Xmas party for mostly NC State employees and professors. All were very freindly. Of course, they didn't know I was a Duke fan. Oh, and the other Xmas party I was at during the day. I met a women that graduated with JJ Redick in Cave Spring HS. We both watched the game. I will be pursuing this.

Posted by: Fats "Lazer" Durston Date: 12/10/2011 3:24:16 PM  
I think Mason should shoot granny style. ... It couldn't get worse.

Posted by: Karl Beem Date: 12/10/2011 2:38:20 PM  
Oops! We made 19 of our last 36 FTs.

Posted by: Karl Beem Date: 12/10/2011 2:30:37 PM  
We made 19 of our last 50 FTs! I presume Mason has been practicing his FTs out of his wazoo. Time for a hypnotist?

Posted by: Matt Date: 12/10/2011 2:25:34 PM  
Six-point win, really a nine-point win. Atrocious free throw shooting absolutely has to improve. Defense was fine, although TDD wailers will complain about dribble drive penetration by Washington, most of which came at the end of the game when Duke was really just trying not to foul.

Posted by: Matt Date: 12/10/2011 2:14:32 PM  

Posted by: Fats "Lazer" Durston Date: 12/10/2011 2:11:17 PM  
Surprised in MSG how many Washington fans.

Posted by: Matt Date: 12/10/2011 2:10:57 PM  
Curry fouls out. Jesus.

Posted by: Karl Beem Date: 12/10/2011 2:10:50 PM  
K has screwed this game.

Posted by: Matt Date: 12/10/2011 2:08:12 PM  
Rivers fouls out. This is going to be about a two-point win.

Posted by: Matt Date: 12/10/2011 2:07:38 PM  
Wheeeeeee, Stallball! Turnover. 10-point game with 3:00 (2).

Posted by: Matt Date: 12/10/2011 1:59:07 PM  
Washington deliberately fouling Mason to get the ball back. That's great.

Kelly hurts his ankle. Seems okay.

Posted by: Fats "Lazer" Durston Date: 12/10/2011 1:58:14 PM  

Posted by: Matt Date: 12/10/2011 1:55:47 PM  
I wish this team would figure out how to close a game, the Kansas victory notwithstanding.

Posted by: Matt Date: 12/10/2011 1:42:35 PM  
Ah, Rivers is figuring out his defensive footwork now. That is very key.

Geez, Miles with another nice defensive play, blocking a shot, naturally has the ball ripped out of his hands as he's just standing there, but the UW guy who did so promptly stepped on the line.

Posted by: Matt Date: 12/10/2011 1:40:32 PM  
I hate it when referees call fouls because plays look like a foul. Curry didn't touch Wroten there but got the illegal use of the hands call because he slapped the ball away.

Posted by: Matt Date: 12/10/2011 1:39:33 PM  
Who's Miles Plumlee? Dude is dominating.

Posted by: Matt Date: 12/10/2011 1:38:33 PM  
Rivers shooting threes very well. Duke is also collecting lost of fouls on the interior, which is a nice development.

Posted by: Fats "Lazer" Durston Date: 12/10/2011 1:33:39 PM  
I'm enjoying the flashes of Milesbek.

Posted by: Matt Date: 12/10/2011 1:26:59 PM  
Masonry's free throw shooting just killing us.

Posted by: Fats "Lazer" Durston Date: 12/10/2011 1:21:07 PM  
Is John C. Reilly doing the voiceover for the Lumpy's commercial?

Posted by: Matt Date: 12/10/2011 1:20:27 PM  
Heh. Danger Time now. You knew it was trouble when Duke got the dreaded 17-point lead, right?

Posted by: Matt Date: 12/10/2011 1:15:18 PM  
Ryan Kelly turns on the offense as the second half starts. Yikes, misses the FT.

Posted by: Matt Date: 12/10/2011 1:04:48 PM  
Oooooooof, absolutely terrible commercial for Duke, featuring a young woman with a voice guaranteed to make you want to swallow a Glock. Naturally, UW's matching ad is far superior. Nice PR job as always, Duke. But will it play in Beijing?

Posted by: Matt Date: 12/10/2011 12:58:46 PM  
Any commercial set in Times Square is full of win. I like how everyone has decided, as I ordered, to begin saying "twenty twelve" now when verbalizing the calendar year. Good call.

Seth Davis in studio to detract from the sum total of human understanding.

Posted by: Matt Date: 12/10/2011 12:55:35 PM  
Yaaaaaaah Brando in the studio. Forgot to comb the right side of his head.

Posted by: Matt Date: 12/10/2011 12:53:55 PM  
Gbinije gets a great disruptive steal. I want him to play and play and play.

Posted by: Matt Date: 12/10/2011 12:52:41 PM  
Speaking of coming to Jesus, K is playing 9 or 10 guys. (!!!!!!!!)

Posted by: Matt Date: 12/10/2011 12:50:26 PM  
Ian Eagle rips off the names of K's previous two transfers - - nice.

Quinn Cook sighting. MASON WITH A POST MOVE ZOMG.

Posted by: Matt Date: 12/10/2011 12:47:15 PM  
Oh, great - - Jesus is on Washington's side.

Posted by: Fats "Lazer" Durston Date: 12/10/2011 12:45:18 PM  
"fully meets the N’Diaye Stiff Requirement"

It's as though Lithuania were the colonizing power in Senegal.

Posted by: ClemsonGuest Date: 12/10/2011 12:40:13 PM  
Duke's defense looks fine so far.

Do all players named N'diaye also have to be lunkheads ... or just those who play for UNC?

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