Tech Game A Springboard?

Junior Kyle Singler drew the praise of his head coach after dropping a career high 30 points on Thursday night against Georgia Tech.

Kyle Singler's wrist is OK. At least that's how it looks.

Singler hit a career-high eight 3-point shots in Duke's 86-67 thumping of No. 21 Georgia Tech on Thursday, leaving the pain on the Yellow Jackets.

The junior forward finished with 30 points, the most he has scored in a Duke uniform, as the Blue Devils returned to first place in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Mike Krzyzewski said, "but in this type of game (that) is spectacular."

Singler, who went out of the game wincing and holding his wrist moments earlier, canned a 3-pointer from the right corner on the last shot of the first half as the Blue Devils built a 45-33 lead.

"That was kind of a springboard into the second half," Krzyzewski said.

Singler made six second-half threes. In the previous four games, he was a combined 7-for-25 on threes.

Singler takes the renewed confidence in his outside shooting touch into Saturday's game at Boston College. He missed his only two 3-point attempts in last month's home victory against Boston College.

Singler continues to play with a taped wrist from an injury he sustained from a fall during a Jan. 17 game against Wake Forest.

DUKE 86, GEORGIA TECH 67: Duke seemed to adjust better to the onslaught of foul calls in this game, pulling ahead by 12 points by halftime on Kyle Singler's 3-point basket at the buzzer. Singler then scored 20 of his 30 points in the second half. Yet only three Duke players scored more than six points in the game, which avenged a January road loss. There were 25 fouls called in the first half and 52 in the game, with Georgia Tech's post players landing in early foul trouble.

--Senior guard Jon Scheyer passed former point guard Bobby Hurley on Duke's all-time scoring list during the loss at Georgetown on Jan. 30. Scheyer has 1,742 career points, good for 18th place in team history. Scheyer has led the Blue Devils in scoring in only one of the past six games, though his 18.7 points average is the best on the team.

--Duke's defense couldn't contain Georgetown, which made 33 of 46 shots from the field. That's 71.7 percent, setting a record for the highest shooting percentage for a Duke opponent in the history of the program. It marked the fourth time in school history that a Duke opponent had shot better than 70 percent against the Blue Devils.

ON THE SPOT: Duke is trying to unleash its offense with more options. The Blue Devils are in the process of using more motion offense as a way to become more unpredictable. They've gone stale at times, but the overriding factor is to limit turnovers and easy baskets at the other end. The motion offense was largely responsible for freeing shooters, especially F Kyle Singler, against Georgia Tech. Expect this freelance type of approach to become more evident with the Duke offense.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "We haven't accomplished anything yet. We have a couple of losses (in the ACC). But my experience in the ACC, as a senior now, is you can lose any game any given night. Having that mindset and making sure you kill a team is a mentality we have to have for the rest of our games." -- F Lance Thomas, whose team will play rematches from January games in its next two outings against Georgia Tech and Boston College.

SEASON RECAP: The Blue Devils haven't put together a three-game winning streak since entering the teeth of conference play. They've done enough to remain among the front runners in the ACC, but the loss to Georgetown might do some damage in regard to NCAA Tournament seeding. The Blue Devils' last two losses have come when opponents have had hot shooting hands, and Duke hasn't had an answer defensively.

PLAYER ROTATION: Usual Starters -- G Jon Scheyer, G Nolan Smith, C Miles Plumlee, F Kyle Singler, F Lance Thomas. Key Subs -- C Brian Zoubek, F Mason Plumlee, F Ryan Kelly, G Andre Dawkins.


  • Duke 60, Clemson 47
  • Duke 70, Florida State 56
  • Georgetown 89, Duke 77
  • Duke 86, Georgia Tech 67

  • at Boston College, Saturday, Feb. 6
  • at North Carolina, Wednesday, Feb. 10
  • Maryland, Saturday, Feb. 13
  • at Miami, Wednesday, Feb. 17

IN FOCUS: Less than 48 hours after facing Georgia Tech, Duke must play at Boston College, which will have had a week layoff. Duke didn't do so well against Georgetown last weekend when the Hoyas had two-plus extra days of preparation in addition to the home court on their side.

--G Nolan Smith returned to the team after spending time with his family and traveling to his grandfather's funeral earlier in the week. He said it's comforting to return to his teammates. He has backed off shooting from long range at home, going a combined 1-for-7 on 3-pointers in the last four home games.

--F Lance Thomas grabbed 11 rebounds against Georgia Tech and helped with interior defense with the Blue Devils fell into foul trouble. He had such an impact on the game that his contributions were repeatedly brought up by coach Mike Krzyzewski. "The hidden story is Lance," Krzyzewski said.

--G Andre Dawkins didn't play Thursday against Georgia Tech in what was termed a coach's decision. Duke used six reserves in the game. Coach Mike Krzyzewski said it wasn't a game that was a good situation for Dawkins, a freshman, to be used.

--F Kyle Singler's career-best 30 points came largely on 8-for-10 shooting on 3-pointers. The 80 percent rate matched the school record for 3-point percentage in a game for a player taking 10 or more long-range shots. He shares the 8-for-10 distinction with former players William Avery, Jason Williams and J.J. Redick.

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