Duke, the country's No. 1 team, faced its first test of the young season Tuesday night in No. 4 Kansas State, and they won easily, 82-68. And really, it wasn't that close.
Early on, the Wildcats took a small 11-9 lead after some back-and-forth play, but then Duke took over, led by the best backcourt in the country. Coupled with Jacob Pullen's off-night -- just 1-of-12 shooting -- and the Blue Devils were able to roll, writes Duke Basketball Report:
Irving blew by him repeatedly, and Pullen simply could not stop him. Nor could he score himself: he was just 1-12 from the floor, and had four turnovers.
Martin should thank his lucky stars for Curtis Kelly, who was 8-11 for 19 points. He kept the game from being a complete blowout.
For Duke, this was a really great game, not just for the obvious get, but also for establishing credibility.
Duke fans know that K-State is still a very good team, though, and it could be a different result if they meet against this season. But they also are quick to remind that their Blue Devils have yet to hit their stride: "If we ever see the four guards, Singler, and the three big men all play great at the same time, the potential is staggering."
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