The Duke men’s basketball team started their regular season with a bang as the Cameron Crazies were going nuts from the time the doors opened. The Blue Devils hosted Davidson on Friday night and won 111-77. The score total for Duke was the most in a season opener since 2007. The Blue Devils extended their non-conference home winning streak to 102 games.
Davidson is expected to win their conference and played Duke tough last season. Last season when the two teams played, Duke only scored 67 total points in the hard fought victory. They had 59 points at the half on Friday night.
Duke shot 71.4%, which was the sixth best in school history. Four Blue Devils scored 20 or more points, which was the first time in school history.
Two of those 20+point scorers were the two newest and most hyped about Blue Devils. Freshman Jabari Parker made his collegiate debut and made his first ever basket. He made many more, as he made 8-of-10 shots for 22 points. He went 3-for-3 on three pointers and 3-of-4 from the free throw line. He also hauled in six rebounds and dished out two assists. Rodney Hood also made quite the impression in his first official game at Duke. He also scored 22 points, but missed just one shot (9-of-10). He hauled in nine rebounds and blocked two shots.
Overlooked in the game was the great play by starting guard Quinn Cook. He made 7-of-9 shots for 21 points. He made 3-of-5 three pointers and 4-of-5 free throws. Oh and he also dished out eight assists to ZERO turnovers.
Rasheed Sulaimon also impressed coming off the bench for Duke. He scored 20 points (ten in each half) on 6-of-9 shooting. He also hauled in seven rebounds.
For Davidson, De’Mon Brooks led all scorers with 24 points on 7-of-9 shooting. He also hauled in six rebounds.
The Blue Devils look to start a winning streak when they face Kansas as part of the State Farm Champions Classic on November 12th in Chicago at the United Center. The game will be televised on ESPN at 10pm ET. The Jayhawks are currently ranked fifth (or sixth depending on which poll you look at) and they beat UL-Monroe tonight.
*It was the first time in 107 games that a Plumlee was not in the starting five.