No. 3 Duke rebounded from its initially decline of the year in emphatically brilliant vogue Tuesday night time, dispatching Indiana ninety-sixty nine in the ACC/Big 10 Problem.
The functionality of Blue Devils star Zion Williamson, as we have come to anticipate around the initially 3 weeks of the season, was equally dazzling as Duke’s blowout victory. Williamson was near-flawless in pretty much each and every side of the video game against the Hoosiers, finishing with a workforce-large twenty five details on eleven-of-15 capturing. He included six rebounds, 4 assists, two blocks and two steals in an all-all over jumbo stat line that paced Duke to its fifth double digit acquire of the period.
Williamson scored fourteen of his points via the most straightforward shot in basketball, which looks to arrive specifically easy when you happen to be 6-foot-eight with hops a kangaroo can only aspiration of possessing.
And oh, by the way, Duke did this all without its comprehensive arsenal in the second half immediately after its top scorer, RJ Barrett, fouled out after just 28 minutes of action. Barrett logged 22 points and a group-significant nine rebounds. Cameron Reddish, the 3rd projected leading-five choose for the 2019 NBA Draft alongside with Williamson and Barrett, recorded thirteen details in 22 minutes.
On the other facet of the court docket, Indiana did almost nothing in particular very well. The Hoosiers turned the ball over twenty moments, ran a clunky offense that was exacerbated pitted in opposition to Duke’s size and athleticism, and shot a woeful 39 % from the floor (like an even much more lamentable 5 of 16 from the three-level line.)
Williamson himself designed far more dunks (seven) than IU did three-ideas!
Indiana’s individual projected lottery decide on, Romeo Langford, led the way for the Hoosiers with thirteen points on the evening, but he picked up 7 from the charity stripe in a largely unremarkable showing. He went just three of fifteen from the floor and of four from the 3-position line.
A win for IU versus this Duke crew could have been a momentum-altering 1, but all is not dropped for the Hoosiers. They move to five-2 on the period and have options in opposition to Northwestern, Penn Point out, Louisville and Butler in the coming months right before league participate in to bolster their nonconference resume. With Juwan Morgan and Langford, they’re primed to bounce back. Heck, they weren’t even meant to acquire in the initial area.
Meanwhile, Duke ought to be able to use this earn to start out yet another earn streak with a four-game house stand consisting of Stetson, Hartford, Yale and Princeton on deck. It can be not an primarily remarkable gain to oust Indiana, but to do so on the heels of a deflating Maui title match decline to Gonzaga offers us a peek at the championship mettle the staff possesses.