Following their road loss to Wake Forest last week, the Duke Blue Devils got a confidence boost with a home win against a floundering Florida State squad. They weren’t able to carry those good vibes for long, though, as they were run out of NC State’s PNC Arena right from the get-go en route to a 84-60 blowout at the hands of the Wolfpack.
NC State’s star Terquavion Smith led all scorers with 24 points as NC State built a 22-point halftime lead and kept their foot on the gas all game long. This one was a bloodbath from the beginning. NC State raced ahead to a 15-0 lead as Duke couldn’t make a shot in the first several minutes. The Blue Devils were also plagued by costly turnovers and never really got any momentum going at any point in the night.
Duke’s tremendous size advantage was negated by the feisty Wolfpack. They managed to keep the bigs from Duke mostly in check and competed on the glass. Both teams finished with 38 rebounds for the night. Kyle Filipowski finished with 14 points and 8 rebounds to lead the Blue Devils in the losing effort. Duke’s long-distance shooting struggles continued with a 5-15 performance on the night, good for 33.3%.
What Are The Takeaways From The Rout?
However, it’s hard to see how a better shooting night would have made a difference in this game. Duke simply looked rushed on offense for most of the game, and never found a rhythm in their halfcourt sets. On the other side, NC State was taking advantage of Duke’s miscues and dialing up easy points in transition. In the second half, Smith and co-star Jarkel Joyner (21 points) started to heat up with their jump shooting. By that point, the writing was clearly on the wall for the Blue Devils.
So, where does Coach Scheyer go from here? Life isn’t going to get any easier, at least in the short term, so he’s got to try and figure something out. Four of Duke’s next six games are on the road, with a trip to Boston College up next on January 7.