Blue Devils potent offense overwhelms Badgers

first_imgIt is very rare for an opposing team to leave the Kohl Center victorious. It’s even more rare for an opposing team to shoot a high percentage en route to a victory at the Kohl Center.But Wednesday night, the No. 4 Duke Blue Devils did just that on their way to a 80-70 victory over No. 2 Wisconsin as part of the Big Ten/ACC challenge.Duke’s sharp shooting lasted for all 40 minutes of the game, and no matter what the Badgers did defensively, there seemed to be no stopping any of the Duke players from getting the ball in the basket.In the first half, Duke shot an impressive 15-25 (60 percent) overall from the field and 5-9 (55.6 percent) from behind the arc. With that shooting performance, Duke headed into the locker room with a 35-32 advantage despite not shooting a single free throw for the entire first 20 minutes.“Our offensive efficiency was incredible tonight,” Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “We had a lot of different lineups out there, but our kids were ready and they never backed down. They showed great composure.”Duke’s hot start was headed by their starting backcourt consisting of freshman guard Tyus Jones and senior guard Quinn Cook. The tandem combined for 16 points on 6-9 (66.7 percent) shooting from the field and 4-6 (66.7 percent) from three-point range.“We took good shots overall and we’ve stressed taking good shots,” Krzyzewski said. “We are very patient, and we had a couple run outs [to the basket].”After a team shoots as well as Duke did in the first half, it’s rare that kind of a shooting performance will carry into the second half.However, the Blue Devils not only continued to find the bottom of the net in the second half, but they were finding even more success shooting the ball than the team did in the first half.In the final 20 minutes, Duke shot a seemingly improbable 15-21 (71.4 percent) from the field and 2-3 (66.7 percent) from three-point territory. This brought its shooting totals for the game to 30-46 (65.2 percent) from the field overall and 7-12 (58.3 percent) from behind the arc.“We can only control what we can control,” senior guard Traevon Jackson said. “Some shots that they got, they were just too comfortable, and we have to do a better job of making adjustments on the fly. Credit to them though, they hit some really tough shots.”Once again, it was Jones that led the Duke charge to the final buzzer. He built on his eight-point first half with an even better 14-point second half.Jones started the half by scoring six of Duke’s first eight points, and from there, there was no stopping the freshman on his way to a 22-point performance behind 7-11 (63.6 percent) shooting.It was Jackson who found himself guarding Jones for most of the game, and no matter what he or the rest of the Badgers did defensively, there was no getting in Jones’s way.“Good players are going make plays in big moments like that, and [Jones] played a heck of a game,” Jackson said.Jackson did all he could to keep Wisconsin in the game, as he scored a career-high 25 points on 7-12 (58.3 percent) shooting with 17 of his 25 coming in the second half, but it seemed that for every shot Jackson made, Duke made one right back. It got to the point where Duke’s accuracy, in the end, was too much for the Badgers to overcome.It wasn’t as if Wisconsin was giving the Blue Devils easy looks, either. Badger defenders contested most of the shots Duke took and the players had to work for nearly each and every one of their looks at the basket.The ball just seemed to roll in Duke’s favor whenever one of those tough shots went up.“I would say they hit some tough shots, but they have good enough players where they can do that at times,” Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan said. “To have as many do it in the same night, that’s just not fair.”On a night where Duke was shooting as if it was in the team’s own practice gym, it’s sometimes better to accept it for what it is rather than searching for excuses.The Blue Devils put on a shooting clinic in the Kohl Center, and there didn’t seem to be anything Ryan, Jackson or anyone else could do about it.“I don’t care what anybody says,” Ryan said. “They were lights out.”last_img read more

NBA: LeBron James Claims First Lakers Victory

first_imgLeBron James Lance Stephenson led the Lakers with 23 points off the bench in Phoenix.The visitors were without Rajon Rondo and Brandon Ingram, who are serving bans for their part in a brawl during defeat by the Houston Rockets on Sunday.Devin Booker hit 23 points for the Suns before exiting in the third quarter with a sore hamstring, while 2018’s number one overall draft pick Deandre Ayton had 22.Elsewhere, Stephen Curry scored 51 points in three quarters, including 11 three-pointers, as defending champions the Golden State Warriors beat the Washington Wizards 144-122.The two-time MVP, 30, finished three points short of his career high of 54 and three three-pointers short of breaking his NBA record of 13 made in a single game as he did not enter for the fourth quarter.His 51 points is the most by an NBA player this season, surpassing Detroit Pistons power forward Blake Griffin’s 50 in their victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday, while Curry also moved above Suns guard Jamal Crawford into fifth on the league’s all-time three-pointers made list, with 2,162.The Rockets, who lost to the Warriors in last year’s Western Conference finals, fell to their third defeat in four games as they were beaten 100-89 at home by the Utah Jazz.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram LeBron James claimed his first NBA win for the Los Angeles Lakers with a 131-113 victory over the Phoenix Suns late Wednesday night.The three-time NBA champion put up 19 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds before sitting out the fourth quarter, with the Lakers 20 points ahead.It follows three straight defeats for the Lakers to start the season after James, 33, joined from the Cleveland Cavaliers in the summer.last_img read more

Bill Cosby To Perform At StarStudded Stand Up For Heroes Event

first_imgThe Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF) and New York Comedy Festival (NYCF) just added Bill Cosby and Jim Gaffigan to the star-studded line-up for the annual Stand Up for Heroes, an evening of comedy and music benefiting injured service members, veterans and their families on Wednesday, November 6th at 8pm.The event will also feature performances by Jerry Seinfeld, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Stewart and Roger Waters. Roger Waters will take the stage and perform with a band comprised of nearly two-dozen wounded veterans and active servicemen (and women) many of whom are current patients at Walter Reed Hospital and participants in the BWF funded MusiCorps.Stand Up for Heroes now at The Theater at Madison Square Garden, brings together leaders from military, business, entertainment, government and philanthropy to raise funds to help post-9/11 injured service members and their families thrive long after they return to the home front.Tickets for Stand Up for Heroes can be purchased at bobwoodrufffoundation.org or www.nycomedyfestival.com. Corporate sponsor packages and VIP benefit packages can be purchased by emailing SUFH@bobwoodrufffoundation.org.Stand Up for Heroes, brought to you by Veterans on Wall Street (VOWS), a consortium of financial firms, and supported by founding sponsor GFI Group, Inc. is one of the centerpiece events of the 10th annual New York Comedy Festival, running Nov. 6-10, 2013, at venues throughout New York City.This year’s sponsors for Stand Up for Heroes include: VOWS, GFI Group, Inc., The Paul E. Singer Foundation, Google, Inc., Havas PR & Havas Health, Jack Daniels, JetBlue, JWT, Purdue Pharma L.P.The Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF) is the nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring injured service members and their families are thriving long after they return home. A national organization with grassroots reach, the Bob Woodruff Foundation complements the work of the federal government —diligently navigating the maze of more than 40,000 nonprofits providing services to veterans—finds, funds and shapes innovative programs, and holds them accountable for results. To date, BWF has invested more than $15 million in public education and solutions, reaching more than a million service members, support personnel, veterans and their families. The Bob Woodruff Foundation was co-founded in 2006 by award-winning anchor Bob Woodruff and his family, whose own experiences inspired them to help make sure the nation’s heroes have access to the high level of support and resources they deserve, for as long as they need it.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more