Monday, February 18, 2008



The gripe goes like this: “Duke gets all the calls…”

Last night the Blue Devils got so many that the entire starting five fouled out of the game. If you’re thinking you’ve never seen that before, you’re right. You probably haven’t.

(The TAH Research Department has the holiday off, so it will take us a little while to figure out the last time a team's entire starting five fouled out.)

In Dino Gaudio’s first win over Duke in the post-Prosser era, the entire starting five for Duke fouled out of the game. It marked the fifth time in Duke history that five players have fouled out, but the first time it was all five starters. Duke had five players foul out at Maryland on Feb. 12, 2005, at Wake Forest on Feb. 13, 2003 under Coach K, and twice against North Carolina in the 1950s and '60s.

Wake used a lineup that matched up well with Duke, and a torrid pace to leave the leg weary Blue Devils in their Wake. Duke Coach Mike Krzyxhcgvbs4ski made a few post game comments that led us to believe his boys didn’t take the Demon Deacons quite seriously enough. Nor, as he mentioned, did they play well enough to win a tough ACC road game.

Freshman guard Jeff Teague poured in 26 points and James Johnson scored 24 points and raked in 16 rebounds for the Demon Deacons (16-8, 6-5 ACC) who won their third straight. Jamie Skeen added 10 points and nine rebounds as Wake Forest saddled Duke with just its second loss of the season, and its first in the ACC.

Nolan Smith scored 21 points for the Blue Devils (22-2, 10-1), who saw all five starters foul out as their 12-game win streak came to an end. DeMarcus Nelson scored 18 points -- only three after halftime -- and grabbed seven boards before fouling out. Kyle Singler had 17 points and six rebounds before picking up his fifth foul.

Duke guards Greg Paulus and Gerald Henderson both had rough nights before fouling out. Paulus was held scoreless in the first half, and finished with seven points on 3-of-9 shooting with one assist, and Henderson scored six points on 1-of-4 shooting.

Singler sank a three-pointer to push Duke ahead 60-55 with 11:22 to play, but Wake came back with a 17-2 run to take control. Teague scored nine points on the burst, including two free throws that put the Deacons on top 61-60.

Stats often tell the story: Duke had 21 turnovers, got outrebounded 41-33, hit 8-28 from three point range for 28.6%, only shot 52% from the foul line (most of this was Nelson, who was 3-9), and, of course, in a rare accomplishment, the entire starting five fouled out.

(Sorry, we know we already pointed that out a couple of times, but it’s just fun to type.)

If you smell smoke, don't panic. It's just Franklin Street in Chapel Hill.

Jon "Crazy Face" Scheyer makes a crazy face. (Photos by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images, AP Photo/Lynn Hey and Yahoo Sports)

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