Could star-studded Duke beat the Cavaliers?

12 November, 2018, 03:00 | Author: Suzanne Horton
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When faced with lesser athletes and those nowhere close to his physical gifts, it's truly unfair and on Sunday, Army rolled into Cameron Indoor to face Zion and the Blue Devils and, unsurprisingly, he dominated with 27 points, 16 rebounds, four assists, and four blocks. They didn't back down against a preseason Final Four favorite, and were very much in the game until the final 10 minutes. But a new, more interesting hypothetical posed this week in the wake of Duke's dominant defeat of No. 2 Kentucky is this: Could Duke take down the Cleveland Cavaliers as now constituted?

Steve Kerr watched Zion Williamson and said: "I thought LeBron, I thought that was a one-shot deal, but apparently the next guy's coming".

Bolden said the team is having no problem zoning out the national conversations about Duke's greatness because "if we would have lost that game they would be the same people saying that we weren't ready this year". That will pay off once conference play begins.

"Today was a learning experience", Reddish said.

"They could beat Cleveland, you heard it here first", Pierce said. Reddish hit another 3-pointer and Barrett scored inside.

Williamson made his first nine shots from the field before missing a hurried 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer.

As for former Army player and current Duke legend Mike Krzyzewski, this game surely included some conflicted emotions.

This was the eighth time since 2011 that Duke took at least 34 3s in a game, according to, and the first since the Blue Devils put up 36 in a loss to Notre Dame in the semifinals of the 2016 ACC Tournament. - Austin Rivers' buzzer-beating 3.

Army does have three players who can score at a high level.

Duke faces Eastern Michigan on Wednesday in its second home game of the season, and after its stupendous open to the 2018-19 season, it has a chance to play its next game as the No. 1 team in college basketball when it next steps on the floor after the polls come out on Monday.


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