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Duke basketball faces little resistance in easy win at Pittsburgh

Duke basketball faces little resistance in easy win at Pittsburgh

Duke fell to unranked N.C. State on the road, the team's second conference loss away from home in a row this season and the program's fifth in a row going back to a year ago. The Blue Devils made their first four shots and by the time Pitt's Shamiel Stevenson hit a layup 4:05 in, the Panthers were already down eight. Duke had given up at least 40 points in the first halves of its other three ACC games. The Panthers are the only ACC team without a conference victory and they haven't reached 70 points in their last five games. Coaches can talk all they want about how intense it will be, but until they experience it themselves they'll be knocked back a bit, to steal a phrase from Coach K. The game against the Wolfpack was seemingly a big wakeup call for the team, as it responded in a big way on Wednesday night against Pittsburgh. Pitt is 1-7 ATS in their last 8 conference matchups and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall while the under is 6-0 in their last 6 home games.

These teams have all been better than Pittsburgh on offense, according to Ken Pomeroy's efficiency rankings, not to mention every major conference team Duke has played so far.

Early in the Blue Devils' first half against Pitt, forward Wendell Carter had to exit the game after suffering what appeared to be a left ankle injury.

The Panthers rank at the bottom of the ACC.

Bagley III is now one double-double shy of the Duke freshman record, which is currently shared by Jabari Parker and Gene Banks.

And one of the Panthers' top guards-Shamiel Stevenson-has excelled around the basket, taking almost 70 percent of his shots at the rim this season, according to Hoop-Math.com.

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Pitt: A long season figures to get even longer with senior forward Ryan Luther still in a walking boot and his return uncertain. DeLaurier has a tight hamstring, an injury he has faced for the majority of his season, and Bolden sustained a MCL sprain in a recent practice.

Duke: The blowout gave the Blue Devils a chance to get well defensively while also providing Krzyzewski an opportunity to give his thin bench plenty of run.

Jared Wilson-Frame led the Panthers with 17 points but Pitt was never in it. When the Blue Devils missed, they cleaned up with 16 offensive rebounds.

Pittsburgh has used 11 different starting lineups this season, the second most in the country.

Allen who had struggled shooting in Duke's previous three conference games, struggled again from the field. The Panthers looked out of sync, making just 1 of 9 3-point attempts and shooting 9 for 24 from the floor in the first half. He was 2-for-9 from behind the 3-point line. However, guard Trevon Duval asserted himself after Carter briefly went down with an apparent injury.


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