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No. 4 Duke cruises past Presbyterian, 113-44, as freshmen play a big role

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Nobody expected Duke to have much trouble with Presbyterian during its season-opening contest on Friday night, but the Blue Devils have to be pleased with their depth and defense after a 113-44 drubbing of the Blue Hose at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Duke jumped out to a 57-19 halftime lead, as freshmen scored the first 12 points for the Blue Devils and 32 points overall in the first half. The collegiate debuts for freshman center Jahlil Okafor (19 points, six rebounds, four assists, 9-for-10 shooting), freshman wing Justise Winslow (15 points, four rebounds) and freshman guard Tyus Jones (15 points, seven assists, one turnover) all went well as all three started the game for Duke and finished in double-figures in the scoring column. Duke’s other McDonald’s All-American freshman guard, Grayson Allen, also added 18 points off the bench.

It was the first time since 1998 that Duke had four freshmen finish in double-figures as Blue Devil freshmen scored 67 of the team’s 113 points. Friday’s win marked the third largest margin of victory in Duke history.

Junior forward Amile Jefferson (four points, 10 rebounds) looked much more comfortable playing in his natural position with Okafor on the floor at center and Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski opted to start two point guards in his back court on Friday night as Jones played alongside senior point guard Quinn Cook. Cook (14 points) and Jones didn’t start together during the preseason, but the dual point guard look did a nice job sharing the ball, penetrating and creating for teammates.

Duke finished with 30 assists on 42 field goals for the contest and moved the ball well throughout the game.

The bench was also a big plus for the Blue Devils as junior guard Rasheed Sulaimon, sophomore guard Matt Jones and Allen were all bright spots. After struggling to find consistency off the bench last season, Sulaimon came out focused on both ends of the floor against Presbyterian and finished with 12 points. Jones, who couldn’t find his perimeter stroke during his freshman season, went 2-for-2 from the three-point line on his way to eight points. After shooting only 3-for-21 from the three-point line last season, Jones confidently drilled two top-of-the-key threes and that’s a good sign for Duke’s wing depth. Allen also added some scoring punch off the bench and looked confident attacking the basket.

While Presbyterian didn’t give Duke much competition, it was still impressive to see the Blue Devils’ commitment on the defensive end of the floor and the team’s offense has so many weapons on drive-and-kick situations. When you add Okafor into the equation in the post and Duke has an offense that can really put up points in a hurry. The real test for Duke will come on Tuesday against No. 18 Michigan State as part of the Champions Classic in Indianapolis.

2013-2014 Big South Preview: High Point, Charleston Southern return strong in league with sleepers

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All month long, CBT will be rolling out our 2013-2014 season preview. Check back throughout the day, as we’ll be posting three or four preview items every day.

To browse through the preview posts we’ve already published, click here. To see the rest of the Conference Previews we’ve published, click here. For a schedule of our previews for the month, click here.

High Point and Charleston Southern finished atop the North and South Division standings last season, both teams fell at the hands of Liberty — a team that lost 20 games and didn’t beat a Division I opponent until Dec. 31 — in the Big South tournament. Liberty went on to steal the automatic bid, and narrowly missed advancing to the field of 64 after dropping a one-point game to North Carolina A&T in the First Four.

The Panthers and Buccaneers return strong teams again this season, and while both should be atop the regular season standings, the Big South will be one of the conferences to experience chaos come March. High Point returns sixth-year forward Allan Chaney, but more importantly redshirt sophomore forward John Brown has recovered from the broken right foot he suffered at the beginning of March. Charleston Southern has one of the best back courts in the conference returning with Saah Nimley and Arlon Harper. The duo both averaged more than 15 points a game for the Buccaneers, but they will have to replace starters Mathiang Muo and Jeremy Sexton.

While High Point and Charleston Southern are once again the projected favorites in their respective divisions, several teams looked poised to be this year’s Cinderella come spring. Radford has one of the best perimeter attacks with the trio of Ya Ya Anderson, R.J. Price and leading scorer and rebounder Javonte Green. They’re a young team but they may have enough returners to make that jump. Charleston Southern will battle a pair of contenders in its own division as well, as Winthrop and Gardner Webb both return multiple starters.


The redshirt forward was named freshman of the year after averaging 16.4 points and 6.1 rebounds per game for the Panthers. His season was cut short, and High Point’s NCAA tournament hopes were dashed when he broke his foot a week before the conference tournament. He’s one of the nations most exciting players to watch:


  • Saah Nimley, Charleston Southern: Charleston Southern has some of the best returning guard play in the Big South with Saah Nimley and Arlon Harper. The 5-foot-8 Nimley was the team’s top scorer and fourth in the Big South in assists last season.
  • Davon Marshall, Liberty: The Flames senior guard scorched nets down the stretch with his 3-point shooting. The senior guard shot 43 percent on the season and shot 18-of-32 during a four game stretch beginning in the Big South quarterfinals and ending in the First Four for his 20-loss Liberty team.
  • D.J. Covington, VMI: The 6-foot-9 forward averaged 15.0 points, 7.2 boards and 3.0 blocks per game last season. He’ll have a bigger role with the loss of Stan Okoye, who averaged almost a double-double last season.
  • Javonte Green, Radford: The junior wing led the Highlanders in scoring and rebounding last season with 14.6 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. Radford has one of the conferences best perimeter attacks with Green, Ya Ya Anderson and R.J. Price.




1. High Point
2. Liberty
3. Radford
4. VMI
5. Longwood
6. Campbell


1. Charleston Southern
2. Winthrop
3. Gardner Webb
4. Coastal Carolina
5. UNC-Asheville
6. Presbyterian