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3-point shooting send Duke men’s basketball to win against Virginia Tech

In a game played in Blacksburg, Virginia, the Blue Devils upset Virginia Tech with one of their most comprehensive efforts of the year. The Player of the Game and more will be broken down by Goalsvibe here:

Phenom: Ryan Young

This season, graduate center Ryan Young has truly found his place for Duke, emerging as a competitive alternative to fellow big man Kyle Filipowski. In just 15 minutes against Virginia Tech, Young scored 10 points on 5 of 6 shots and pulled down five rebounds. He played a crucial role in the Blue Devils’ triumph by assisting the group in fending off any Hokies counterattacks and scoring crucial points when needed to keep the lead.

The majority of Young’s playing time came in the second half, when Filipowski started picking up fouls. It is definitely not ideal to have Filipowski out for the majority of the second half given how crucial he is to this Duke team. But Young filled the vacuum brilliantly, demonstrating his seasoned leadership and providing a focal point for his younger colleagues to unite around. Overall, his presence kept the group cohesive. It could have been much harder to emerge victorious from Blacksburg, Virginia, without the stability he offered.

Wow Word: TRIPLES!

In other words, this game was won by the Blue Devils behind the arc. Duke shot 52.9% from beyond the arc overall, led by senior guard Jeremy Roach’s four deep baskets on five tries. Apart from the points that were scored from outside the arc, the Virginia Tech defense was compelled to close out on the perimeter by the mere possibility of a three-point shot. This increased the Blue Devils’ offensive variety and created more space around the basket. As the game progressed, they made the most of this reality, which ultimately kept the deficit from closing.

In contrast, the Hokies shot a pitiful 27.3% from three, so it’s perhaps not surprising that Duke was able to get away.


The Blue Devils’ comparatively poor performance on the boards has been one of their most enduring issues this season. In each of the team’s four losses this season, the rebounding battle has been lost, frequently by a significant margin. But in this victory, Duke outrebound Virginia Tech by 38 boards to 20—ten of which came from the offensive glass. One of the game’s crucial elements was the +18 rebound difference, which was led by rookie player Jared McCain and his 10 rebounds. By keeping control of the boards on both sides of the court, the Blue Devils were able to extend their own possessions and score quickly after a stop.

On the defensive end, the dominance on the glass was particularly noticeable. To keep the Hokies at bay on a night when Duke was able to string together multiple clinical defensive possessions at once, one had to be very active on the boards. For an extended period, the Blue Devils have been beset by their incapacity to take advantage of their opponents’ missed shoots, frequently forcing them to settle for an offensive rebound. On Monday, though, such was not the case, which contributed to Duke’s eventual victory.

Yachiga Tavershima
Yachiga Tavershima
Soccer Blogger with a keen eye for detailed reportage. I bring the latest drama in the most dramatic way


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