Blue Devils roll past Terps in the 1,000 game of the Coach K era!

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Turning Point

The Blue Devils came out of the gates quickly and scored 15 straight points during an early 25-6 run.  Maryland closed within 10 points midway through the second half, but Duke pulled away from there.

Blue Devil Ballers

Brian Zoubek had a career game with 16 points, 17 boards, and a pair of blocks.  Jon Scheyer was also outstanding, netting 22 points (6-12 FG, 3-4 3pt) with only one turnover.

Duke Data

1000 — Number of games Coach K has coached at Duke (781-219 record all-time)

8-2 — Duke’s record in the past 10 games against Maryland, including six straight wins

56 — Points scored by Maryland, marking the 12th time this season in which Duke has limited its opponent to less than 60 points (sixth time in 11 ACC games)

20 — Offensive rebounds by Duke in the game (the Blue Devils had 20 second-chance points)

29.7% — Percentage of Coach K’s 1,000 games that have resulted in a Duke win by 20+ points, including the victory over Maryland

Coach K’s Comments

“Well it was a big-time win for our team.  I love Gary [Williams] and what he has done with his program…  They are the most experienced of all the ACC teams.  They have six guys on their team that at one time or another started last year.  And they play like it…they play like it.  I thought our defense was outstanding today and Brian was spectacular.  He had 16 points, 17 rebounds…cleaned up a lot, eight offensive boards.  And they were such uplifting buckets.  He was even playing above the rim.  No, he was above the rim a couple times.  Anyways, I am going to try to figure out what he did last night, what he had for training meal.  He is having them all the time now.  When a player, especially a senior…our senior class is just rock-solid guys.  They are just sensational guys and such team players and Brian has been such a good teammate and a good player.  He has played really well all year.  Today, that was a great basketball game.  He played a great game and he was kind of the difference there because we weren’t hitting as well in other areas.  Jon especially towards the end, was really spectacular himself.  It was tough to score because they are a real good defensive team and Brian’s buckets gave us such a lift.  Anyways, really happy, obviously it’s a honor to have coached 1,000 games here and what I said afterwards, it’s been a real privilege and honor for me to represent this great university.  I could not have had a better place to coach, that was more of who I want to be, I’m not saying I’m like Duke, but I want to be like Duke.  So, it’s been really good.  It was a nice thing today.”

Locker Room Reaction

Nolan on the dunk by Zoubs off a missed Duke shot: “His dunk shocked the world.  ESPN needs to make that a top 10 play right now.  He may not have been high, he may not have been like LeBron, but whatever LeBron does in his next game or in whatever they have, Zoubs got the number one play in my book.”

Zoubs said about the game and his outstanding performance: “It feels really good to get this win with everything we had going on.  Taking first place in the league, Coach’s birthday, his 1,000th game, you can pick any number of 100 reasons why we wanted to win this game.  Coach works so hard for us.  He’s in here every single night watching hundreds of hours of tape.  It’s just ridiculous – I couldn’t do it.   He works so hard for us, and we love to give him a gift like that back.  It feels really good.”

Lastly, a birthday and 1,0000-game game tribute to Coach K from our players:

Sixth Man

Our Sixth Man weathered another snowfall and freezing temperatures last night, building an impressive snowman and waiting outside to be front and center for today’s game.  Afterwards, ESPN’s Dick Vitale recognized the Crazie dedication when he tweeted, “Duke moved to the top of the ACC by beating the Terps-at Cameron Duke is a dominant team n lots of credit goes to Crazies!”

Around the Web

Box score — Stat recap

AP recap — Duke handles Maryland

Quotes — Post-game thoughts from Coach K and the Blue Devil players

Facing another rival — After win over UNC, Devils ready for Terps

Zoubek soars — Senior center shines in his first start of season

Notes

*Over 100 former players, managers and staff members (including all-time leading scorer JJ Redick) returned to recognize 30 years of Coach K, Coach K’s 1,000 game and 70 years of Cameron.  The attendees represented every decade of basketball that has been played in Cameron, going all the way back to the 1940′s.

*Special Nike tee-shirts were distributed to the undergraduate Crazies in attendance recognizing Coach K’s 1,000th game at Duke.

*Next up: Duke travels to Florida to take on Miami next Wednesday night (7:00 PM, ESPN) in an ACC clash.

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