Louisville/Jefferson County, Kentucky 2022-01-13 13:19:13 –
No. 8 Duke rebounds from the loss and tries to build it against another Atlantic Coast Conference rival in the state when North Carolina visits Durham, North Carolina on Saturday afternoon.
Part of the story is the availability of Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski, who missed Duke’s 76-64 victory at Wake Forest on Wednesday in what the university called the non-COVID virus.
“I can’t wait to get the leader back,” said Associate Head Coach Jon Scheyer, who represented Coach K to Demon Deacons.
The game had another new look on Blue Devils (13-2, 3-1 ACC). Freshman AJ Griffin has moved to the starting lineup, the first departure from Duke’s first string unit this year. Jeremy Roach came out of the bench.
“AJ Griffin has just arrived,” Shire said. “He’s playing well. Really, it was the advent of AJ.”
Griffin scored 22 points and fellow freshman Paolo Bankero scored 24 points.
“I was ready either way. Each game you prepare in the same way, and that’s what you do best for what you get,” Griffin said. “It doesn’t matter if you start from the bench or get off. It’s the same idea.”
Blue Devils was a good way to deal with the January 8 home loss to Miami.
“I’m proud of our guys, especially AJ Griffin. He’s been moving his tail throughout the season,” Shire said. “He didn’t complain for a second and worked harder than anyone on our team, so it’s really special to see it translated on the floor tonight.”
Griffin has scored 13 out of 26 3 points in the last 7 games.
Bankero was aggressive throughout the latest game. He has 6 games with over 20 points.
“I don’t think we’re distributing the nuclear code saying we need to get the ball to Paolo,” Shire said.
North Carolina State University (9-8, 2-4) also has a sense of freshman. Terquavion Smith has completed a 24-point effort with a 79-63 victory in Louisville on Wednesday.
He has led North Carolina State University to score points in three of the last eight games.
Wolfpack has won seven of the last eight ACC road games dating back to last season.
In the Louisville match, North Carolina State University shot the season’s best 56.1% from the field and 48% (12/25) from the deep.
“I think we’re always in a scoring position, but what keeps us apart and always overcomes the hump is whether we can stop,” said Kevin Keets, coach of North Carolina State University. “.
Wolfpack has won two of the last eight games. Keets said it was never too late to take action at ACC.
“All teams in the country will struggle up and down, but our team has played in every match and has a chance to win,” Keets said. “I’m proud of it. They accepted coaching. They will continue to accept coaching. They will continue to fight.”
This is the only upcoming meeting between North Carolina State University and Duke University this season.
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