DURHAM — For future reference, the next time Duke is trying to win the game at the buzzer, remember this play.
With 7.0 seconds left in the first half in the win over Rhode Island, Duke was trailing 34-31 and had the ball. The Blue Devils inbounded it to junior guard Jon Scheyer, who drove the length of the court and scored on an acrobatic layup as the buzzer sounded to cut the URI lead to one.
At no time did Scheyer look like he might dump the ball off to anyone else. It was his play to read, then make or miss. Scheyer, Gerald Henderson and Kyle Singler would all have the same kind of freedom in a pressure situation.
After the game Scheyer described the play: "It was something we kind of saw with the way [Rhode Island] was set up. One thing coach [Mike Krzyzewski] always allows us to do is make a read. They were't really set with [defensive] matchups. I thought they looked a little confused so I just drove it."