We have to keep in mind that while Winston-Salem State played hard, the Rams are hardly a powerhouse.
Nonetheless, Duke was impressive in the exhibition win and we thought it would be a good idea to look through the stat sheet.
The first half score was 63-13 and WSSU hit just 4-30 for 13.3 percent. The Rams were better in the second half, partly because Duke pulled its starters for most of that half, moving it up to 30.3 percent. For the game, WSSU hit 22.2 percent overall and also 22.2 percent for threes.
Duke hit 67.6 percent in the first and 38.2 percent in the second. For the game it was 53.5 percent. Threes were 40.7 percent.
If there is a shooting concern, it’s that Duke hit 65.5 percent from the line (19-29). Most of those were by freshmen Paolo Banchero (4-7) and AJ Griffin (4-9). Presumably that’s first game nerves.
Banchero took the bulk of the shots, hitting 8-13 (61.5 percent). Everyone shot at least 50 percent except for Jaylen Blakes, who hit 2-9 but he won praise from Coach K for other things, notably not using his hands on defense.
Banchero led in rebounding with nine. Mark Williams and Theo John both had five. But here’s a nice surprise: Blakes and Joey Baker both had six each.
For the game, Duke had just four turnovers to 26 assists. Pair those assists with 38 shots and you see that nearly 70 percent of Duke’s shots came after good passes.
Jeremy Roach had seven assists while Wendell Moore had six. Trevor Keels had four and John had three.
Williams had five blocks. In second place?
Again, you can’t read too much into a game like this and the Villanova scrimmage was much more valuable. But you can get an idea of Duke’s potential which is pretty good.