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Ohio State Deflates Duke, 71-66

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COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 30: Duke Blue Devils forward Paolo Banchero #5 drives to the basket during the game between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Duke Blue Devils at Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio on November 30, 2021.
Photo by Jason Mowry/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Duke looked like it was in a great position to beat Ohio State but foul trouble, a physical game and a sudden onset of cold-shooting tilted things Ohio State’s way and the Buckeyes pulled off the upset, 71-66.

And Duke, for the first time this year, looked young. Or maybe it was a combination of youth and tired legs after the emotional win over Gonzaga. This one was never going to be easy.

After being able to respond to virtually everything the Buckeyes threw at them, late in the second half Duke seemed out of answers. Even Wendell Moore, who has been so utterly reliable, seemed low on energy.

Although Duke didn’t turn the ball over much - just seven, continuing a promising trend - the Devils didn’t shoot well, just 38.5 percent overall and 28.6 percent from behind the line. Three starters - Paolo Banchero, Jeremy Roach and Trevor Keels - combined to shoot 11-36 - and Duke’s backcourt was just 7-22. Against Gonzaga, Roach and Keels combined to hit 5-24, against the Citadel 6-20 and against Lafayette 4-16. The All-Paul backcourt hasn’t had a good shooting night since combining to hit 10-16 against Gardner-Webb.

A lot of what happened against Ohio State is correctible but the shooting is worrisome and is becoming a problem because it allows opponents to focus on other players.

On the other hand, it may open a door for AJ Griffin to get more playing time.

Jim will be along soon with his take.


Player Of The Game vs. Ohio State

This poll is closed

  • 74%
    Wendell Moore
    (214 votes)
  • 1%
    Paolo Banchero
    (5 votes)
  • 3%
    Mark Williams
    (11 votes)
  • 1%
    Jeremy Roach
    (5 votes)
  • 0%
    Trevor Keels
    (1 vote)
  • 2%
    AJ Griffin
    (6 votes)
  • 3%
    Joey Baker
    (11 votes)
  • 1%
    Theo John
    (5 votes)
  • 10%
    Bates Jones
    (30 votes)
288 votes total Vote Now