For Singler it was all about reversing trends and for his team to follow his lead. Coming into the game the 6'8 junior had been mired in a shooting slump, hitting just 33 percent from the perimeter for the season and only seven of his last 25 attempts from behind the arc.
None of that mattered on Thursday as Singler knocked down a career high eight 3-point baskets that helped lead Duke to a convincing victory over No. 19 Georgia Tech.
It was a complete reversal of the last match up between the two teams where the Yellow Jacket frontline duo of Derrick Favors and Gani Lawal were dominant in the second half both on the boards and in the lane helping Georgia Tech turn a small halftime deficit into a working margin for much of the second half.
This time, however, the Tech frontline found themselves in early foul trouble led by Lawal's two fouls in just over half a minute. Favors followed suit with early trouble and was limited to just six minutes in the first half.
With the two likely NBA lottery picks neutralized, the Blue Devils were able to drive the lanes and force the defense to collapse, which left the perimeter open for easy looks. And this time Duke sharpshooters were on target.
On the glass the Blue Devils maintained an advantage behind Lance Thomas' 11 boards. Brian Zoubek added seven rebounds in 13 minutes for Duke which finished with a 36-30 advantage in that department.