The Big Ten/ACC Challenge kicked off on Tuesday night and with the night’s games complete, the ACC leads 4-2. The Duke men’s basketball team picked up one of those four victories with a 79-69 win over number 22 Michigan at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Michigan missed just about every shot early on, allowing Duke to jump out to a big lead. They only led 12-9 before a 9-0 run gave them a 21-9 lead with 5:06 to go in the first half. Tyler Thornton hit a three pointer with five seconds left to send the Blue Devils into halftime with a 32-22 lead. The Wolverines made just eight first half shots, while the Blue Devils made 13.
In the second half, Duke pulled away as Michigan continued to see their “stars” struggle. Duke ended up shooting 50% for the game and had 15 assists on 28 made field goals.
Quinn Cook distributed nine of those 15 assists, as he scored a game-high 24 points on 6-of-11 shooting. He made all ten of his free throw attempts. Cook hauled in four rebounds and only committed two turnovers. The Blue Devils have had a 20+point scorer in every game this season.
Rodney Hood once again was in foul trouble and struggled with his shot, making 5-of-13 for 14 points. He did haul in five rebounds. Jabari Parker scored 15 points on 50% shooting and hauled in six rebounds.
Josh Hairston once again started and was once again in foul trouble. He and Amile Jefferson routinely substituted for each other (both had four fouls).
Andre Dawkins came off the bench to go a perfect 3-for-3 from the field for eight points. Marshall Plumlee provided a ton of energy off the bench. He also scored two points and hauled in three rebounds. Unfortunately, he still cannot hit a free throw.
The Blue Devils only committed seven turnovers, while forcing 13. They also won the rebounding battle, 32-31.
Mitch McGary contributed a double-double for Michigan: 15 points and 14 rebounds. As a team, they only had 31 rebounds. Caris LeVert scored a team-high 24 points, though he needed 18 shots to reach that total.
Duke looks to get on a winning streak when they host Gardner-Webb next Monday night.
*Rasheed Sulaimon did not see action.