Devils Leave No Doubt In KC

Coach K gets his 800th victory at Duke as the Blue Devils blast No. 4 KSU

Coming into Tuesday night's game one team appeared to be rolling while another looked to be on shaky ground. The Blue Devils had struggled against a scrappy Marquette team before pulling away late. Meanwhile Kansas State had just blown out Gonzaga and seemed poised to announce themselves as one of the nation's elite teams.

Forty minutes and a brilliant performance from freshman Kyrie Irving later and it was Duke who lived up to the early season hype, easily pushing by Kansas State 82-68.

Irving, who was a distance second place for preseason rookie of the year honors in the ACC, did his best impression of a legitimate All-American with 17 points, five rebounds, and six rebounds while holding Kansas State's preseason All-American Jacob Pullen to four points on 1-of-12 shooting.

The win was the 800th at Duke for head coach Mike Krzyzewski and 873rd of his career. He now trails Kentucky's Adolph Rupp by just three victories.

While the victory was a milestone for Kryzewski, it was also the program's 15th straight victory overall and the 27th straight November victory for Duke.

In addition to Irving's brilliance the Wildcats were broadsided by the Blue Devils' balanced attack. Five players reached double figures with Nolan Smith matching Irving's 17 points, Kyle Singler and Andre Dawkins each netting 11 and Mason Plumlee adding 10.

Kansas State was led by recently reinstated forward Curtis Kelly's 19 points, but the team was forced into a season high 21 turnovers which may have been overcome had it not been for the free-throw line woes. Kansas State shot just 11-of-23 from the foul line and 3-of-17 from the perimeter and couldn't answers any of Duke's runs that slowly put the game out of reach.

From those 21 turnovers the Blue Devils racked up 25 points. Duke finished the night shooting 48.1 percent from the field and 50 percent from the three point arc.

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