11 Duke (1-0) vs. Georgia Southern (1-0)
Durham, N.C. – Cameron Indoor Stadium
First Round of the CBE Classic
7:00 p.m., ESPN2
Program Vitals Conference: Southern Conference Nickname: Eagles Colors: Powder Blue & Gold Head Coach: Jeff Price (8th year) Career Record at Southern: 123-83 (259-125 Overall)
Projected Starters: 11 Jimmy Tobias (6-4, 190, Sr.) – 14.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg 40 Louis Graham (6-8, 200, Jr.) – 20.0 ppg, 11.0 rpg 22 Ryan Hynes (6-8, 270, Jr.) – 2.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg 2 Donte Gennie (6-1, 185, Sr.) – 26.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 6.0 apg 1 Dwayne Foreman (5-10, 170, Jr.) – 15.0 ppg, 13.0 apg, 8.0 rpg Key Reserves: 33 Matt Fields (6-7, 195, Jr.) – 6.0 ppg, 9.0 rpg 45 Kenith Ward (6-6, 210, So.) – 2.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg 34 Diogo Salazar (6-9, 245, Sr.) – 6.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg 3 Antoine Johnson (6-0, 180, Fr.) - 11.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 3.0 apg 24 Johntavius Rucker (6-2, 185. Fr.) - 5.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg
This will be the first overall meeting between the Blue Devils and Eagles. Duke currently holds a 131-24 overall record against teams from the Southern Conference.
An Offensive Shootout?:
The Eagles aren't scared to get up and down the court, no matter who the opponent. Last season Georgia Southern ranked number one in the Southern Conference in scoring (78.1), and were an offensive machine in their 116-73 dismantling of UC Davis on Sunday afternoon. In that game the Eagles put five players in double figures, and scored a whopping 70 second half points.
The secret to their success starts with an attacking style of play that champions slashing and going to the basket. The leader is junior point guard Dwayne Foreman, who came just two rebounds short of his first career triple double in the opener (15 points, 13 assists, 8 rebounds in 26 minutes). Foreman, who came off the bench a season ago, is the team's most consistent perimeter threat after hitting 47% from the perimeter as a sophomore and hitting 3-of-7 last night. Scoring guard Donte Gennie can also slide over and take on the role of point guard.
The Eagles much prefer to play a smaller, quicker lineup and will often use four guards and one post player to push the tempo. That post player is either in the form of Ryan Hynes or Krzysztof Janiszewski - both of whom are tall and wide. Neither did much in the opener, combining for just 12 minutes of play and four rebounds.
A winning attitude:
Earning positive results is nothing new for the Eagles, who have finished 1st in the Southern Conference in three of the last five seasons, and won the school's first outright Southern Conference Regular Season title in 2005-06. That earned the Eagles an at-large bid in the NIT where they fell to Charlotte 77-61 in the opening round.
This season the Eagles were picked to finish third in the Southern Conference behind College of Charleston and Furman in the Southern Conference preseason media poll.
Senior guard Donte Gennie (Tallahassee, Fla.) and junior forward Louis Graham (West Palm Beach, Fla.) earned all-conference distinction from the coaches. Both players were third team picks by the media at the end of last season.
With both Duke and Georgia Southern happy to play at a faster pace, rebounding will play a crucial role in Monday night's game. In the opener the Eagles out-rebounded UC Davis by a 63-29 margin - including a 19-4 advantage on the offensive glass. All five Eagles (regardless of position) will crash the boards in hopes of securing extra possessions (they tallied 92 field goal attempts on Sunday). Meanwhile Duke out-rebounded Columbia 36-21, but managed to shoot 59% from the floor as a team.
Paulus Returns To Action:
After being listed as questionable for most of the week, Greg Paulus was able to start the season opener. While he was unable to tally many points (2 points on 1-of-4 shooting), Paulus did log a game high seven assists against just one turnover.
Stop the Presses! Duke Has Depth
Over the past few seasons the Duke rotation has been limited to seven or eight players. On Sunday, however, head coach Mike Krzyzewski saw 10 Blue Devils log double figure minutes, with nobody playing more than DeMarcus Nelson's 26 minutes. The balanced playing time resulted in a number of players making their marks in the scoring column led by Brian Zoubek's 18 points in 14 minutes. Freshman Jon Scheyer added 12 points, while Nelson was the other Blue Devil to reach double figures with 11. Freshman Lance Thomas added 9 while junior Josh McRoberts chipped in with 8 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 blocks.
Georgia Southern 68