Tuesday, November 11, 2008

LIKE IT OR NOT, IT’S BAKSETBALL SEASON

…woo hoo!

Oops, did we write that out loud?

Last night, The University of New Jersey at Durham (UNJD), known in some circles as Duke University, kicked off the ACC basketball season with a routine drumming of Presbyterian College (Blue Hose, 1,300 students, Clinton, SC).

According to the AP, the Blue Devils (No. 5 ESPN/USA Today, No. 8 AP) opened a season of high expectations Monday night with an 80-49 rout of Presbyterian in the 2K Sports Classic, but there weren't many people from Duke who were content with it.

Not Kyle Singler, who scored 12 of his 19 points during the decisive first half but uncharacteristically missed seven shots.

Not Nolan Smith, who scored 15 points but admitted the Blue Devils "were just off."

And certainly not Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzvbne8ski who improved to 27-2 in home openers at the school despite his team's 21 turnovers.

Still, the Blue Devils (1-0) did enough to win in the first half by overwhelming the cold-shooting Blue Hose with two dominating spurts, then cruised to their 60th straight nonconference win at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

In addition to all of that, Jon Scheyer made a bunch of CRAZY faces.
(Photos by Chuck Liddy/Raliegh News & Observer and GoDuke.com)

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