DURHAM — The theme for the 2008-09 Duke basketball season is “Our house, our court.” ACC Now is taking that to mean the Devils promise not to lose at home this season.
The Devils didn't have to worry about that on Saturday. The Blue-White scrimmage ended at Cameron, telling the story that the Duke basketball team will be fast, it can be deep, and its freshmen will have roles on this team.
The Devils worked on second-half, game-ending situations during two 15-minute halves. The White team, with starters Gerald Henderson, Jon Scheyer and Kyle Singler scoring inside and outside and almost at will, outscored the Blue team 52-29 in the first 15-minute segment. That team, guided by Nolan Smith at the point, shot 20-for-25 in that segment.
In the second game-ending segment, the Blue team, with a veteran crew led by a confident playing, hot shooting Smith, beat a White team that represented the probable, initial starting lineup - Henderson, Scheyer, Singler, Greg Paulus and Lance Thomas. Smith scored 17 points.
Of the three freshmen, forward Miles Plumlee looked closest to mature enough to contribute right away. Duke coach Mike Kryzewski praised him for protecting the ball and doing good work without the ball. After just two practices, there's still more work to be done before we know how much Elliott Williams will contribute.
The crowd also had its first Martynas Pocius sighting in a long time. Pocius, finally healthy after a second year healing from foot or ankle surgery, scored eight points in the first segment and 11 in the second, playing both for the Blue team, with one breakaway dunk.
Other sightings? The Duke football team did a driveby to say hello to the basketball crowd before its 3:30 p.m. game against Miami. Duke's four 2009 and 2010 commitments watched from behind the Duke bench. And Duke’s new video scoreboard looks snazzy. Now fans will be entertained by halftime and pre-game videos and can track points, fouls and rebounds for each player on the court.