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Duke misses Irving but easily handles Billikens

DURHAM – Even in a 37-point win, it was clear that top-ranked Duke misses injured point guard Kyrie Irving.

Thanks to an outstanding defense that forced 22 turnovers, the Blue Devils easily defeated Saint Louis this afternoon, 84-47, at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

But Duke (10-0) still is trying to figure out how to play on offense as Irving missed his second straight game with an injured big toe on his right foot.

Dawkins erupts for 28 in Duke's 83-48 win over Bradley

DURHAM -- With Kyrie Irving watching from the bench in a sweater Wednesday night, Andre Dawkins became the young guard with a chance to step into the spotlight at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Dawkins handled his opportunity every bit as well as Irving did before suffering a toe injury on his right foot that has sidelined him indefinitely.

In the opening 12 minutes, 10 seconds of top-ranked Duke's 83-48 defeat of Bradley, Dawkins made four 3-pointers to establish himself as the most dangerous perimeter scoring threat in the game. Dawkins, a sophomore who was averaging 10.6 points per game off the bench, finished with eight 3-pointers for the game, one short of the school record, and scored a career-high 28 points in his first career start.

Irving erupts in 2nd half to lead Duke over Butler, 82-70

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - After a slow start in his homecoming, freshman guard Kyrie Irving had a big finish this afternoon as top-ranked Duke overcame another significant obstacle on its nonconference schedule.

Irving, who is from West Orange, N.J., failed to score in the first 16 minutes, 33 seconds, but erupted for 17 of his 21 points in the second half as the Blue Devils defeated Butler 82-70 at the Izod Center in a meeting of the teams who played in the NCAA final last season.

Irving's 31 leads Duke to 84-79 win over Spartans

DURHAM -- A brilliant performance by freshman point guard Kyrie Irving gave way to stellar 3-point shooting for Duke in the second half as No. 1 Duke remained undefeated with a huge nonconference win.

Four 3-pointers in a span of 3 minutes, 40 seconds helped the top-ranked Blue Devils open up a 10-point, second-half lead Wednesday night in an 84-79 defeat of No. 6 Michigan State at Cameron Indoor Stadium in the premier meeting of the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.

Heels get 7th straight win over Duke, 24-19

DURHAM — There is a temporary sticker of a North Carolina helmet affixed to the front of the Victory Bell. The Tar Heels ought to find something more permanent, maybe a "Property of" plate to weld to the rickety sled.

The Tar Heels took home the Victory Bell, again, on Saturday with a 24-19 win over Duke at Wallace Wade Stadium. UNC has won seven straight and 20 of 21 in the series, including 11 straight at Duke.

Guards lead Duke to 82-68 win over No. 4 Kansas State

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - At the very least, Duke guards Nolan Smith and Kyrie Irving learned from their mistakes.

At best, they turned in a memorable performance in one of the biggest nonconference games of the season Tuesday night.

One night after they combined for 11 turnovers against Marquette, Smith and Irving kept their mistakes to a minimum, leading top-ranked Duke to an 82-68 defeat of No. 4 Kansas State in front of a heavily pro-Wildcats crowd at Sprint Center.

Mason Plumlee lifts Duke to 82-77 win over Marquette

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - With three senior starters gone from last season, Duke’s players and coaches like to say they have a new team that’s still figuring out how to play.

In the top-ranked Blue Devils’ first real challenge, they learned that sophomore center Mason Plumlee is capable of carrying the team to an extent that wasn’t possible a season ago.

Plumlee, who’s been elevated to the starting lineup this season, scored 18 of his career-high 25 points in the second half Monday night as Duke defeated a tenacious Marquette team 82-77 in the semifinals of the CBE Classic.

Duke hammers Colgate 110-58

DURHAM - In 48 amazing seconds early in the second half of a 110-58 hammering of Colgate on Friday night, Duke showed exactly why it’s the top-ranked team in the nation.

Nolan Smith lofted an alley-oop pass that Miles Plumlee caught and dunked – backward – all in one motion. After a Kyle Singler steal, freshman point guard Kyrie Irving found Smith for a 3-pointer.

Then Plumlee stole the ball, and it quickly moved forward to Andre Dawkins in front of the Duke bench. With his picture-perfect form, Dawkins drained another 3-pointer.

Cameron Indoor Stadium erupted. Colgate coach Emmett Davis called his second timeout in 160 seconds. Eight points in 48 seconds have a way of demoralizing an opponent.

Defense keys Duke's 79-45 win over Miami (OH)

DURHAM - Defense wasn’t supposed to be a strength of this No. 1-ranked Duke basketball team.

Coach Mike Krzyzewski said during the preseason that the Blue Devils would spend a lot of practice time focusing on defensive skills and habits.

In Duke’s first two games, though, defense has carried a Blue Devils team that has stumbled at times on offense. Duke held Miami (Ohio) to 33.3 percent from the field Tuesday night in a 79-45 win at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Duke 97, Princeton 60

DURHAM - Judging by the season opener, there’s little doubt Duke deserves its No. 1 ranking in the polls.

Senior guard Nolan Smith scored 22 points as the Blue Devils relied on their defense in the first half and turned up the heat on offense after halftime to crush Princeton 97-60 on Sunday night at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

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