CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- What you noticed from Duke in the second one part in opposition to Miami completely captures the yin-and-yang of Blue Devils basketball this season: maddening and out of control at one look, blitzkrieg ability falling like an avalanche at some other.
Through 11 mins in the second one part, Duke had 11 issues, the combo of too many turnovers, a disjointed offense and an opportunistic Miami group taking complete benefit. Duke trailed by way of 13 issues, and Mike Krzyzewski referred to as his gamers into the huddle and delivered two easy messages:
Remember the comeback wins in Portland in November.
Quit taking part in like little children.
What adopted was once a last 8 mins that introduced out a group completely able to profitable a countrywide championship off its awesome ability by myself. With Marvin Bagley III in large part taken out of the sport, freshman Gary Trent Jr. stepped up with a occupation-prime 30 issues, together with a number of massive three-tips, to lend a hand Duke come again and win 83-75 on Monday night.
Afterward, Krzyzewski mentioned how one group may glance so unsuitable one 2d, and so absolute best the following.
"I thought we were trying to do things only by ourselves and when you do that, especially in a team effort, you get tight because you're out there alone and I thought we were tight," he mentioned. "Once we began taking part in in combination, which we've, that is what occurs. It's now not only a younger group, that is what occurs with human beings. It adjustments, and thank goodness they have been in a position to switch whilst it was once going on.
"That's the wonderful thing about it. You can lose, and then say, 'Boy, we will have to have executed this' and attempt to proper it, however when you proper it whilst the stuff goes on, that is in reality good and that is what came about this night."
Yes, and now the next move is to ensure the corrections turn into constant, slightly than performances full of an excessive amount of helter-skelter unpredictability. Players recalled coming again early in the season in the PK80 event in opposition to each Texas and Florida, however sooner or later, epic comebacks are easiest left for the drama segment on Netflix.
"I feel we've a super group," Bagley said. "We're handiest getting higher from right here. Every day, we are simply looking to recuperate as a group and we’re rising in combination."
With any younger group, making corrections, rising and finding out are all a part of the maturation procedure. But now that Duke has performed six video games in the ACC, expectancies are beginning to develop. At some level Duke needs to peer this group put in combination a whole defensive efficiency to head at the side of an offense that may diversify itself sufficient to get out of holes when the standard pictures don't fall and errors pile up.
Defensively, for instance, Duke went into the sport ranked No. 14 in the ACC in scoring protection. Though it allowed 75 issues to the Hurricanes, Krzyzewski was once happy the Blue Devils held them to beneath 40 % taking pictures. That is a takeaway he's going to surely proportion along with his group.
Then there's the efficiency from Trent, who Krzyzewski credit with discovering extra of a groove because the body of workers put in particular offensive units for him in opposition to Pittsburgh on Jan. 10.
A reporter requested Krzyzewski whether or not what Trent did in opposition to Miami certified as a good efficiency, and he mentioned, "He's been nice. You can move upper than good. He's been good all season, however he is handiest shot OK. He's simply labored exhausting all 12 months however in the final week and a part he is taking pictures the ball sooner, and thank goodness."
Bagley put it this fashion: "[Trent] simply stayed in the sport. Obviously, my shot wasn't falling, a large number of the blokes' pictures were not falling, and he simply got here up large for us with a pair 3s. He simply performed his butt off the entire time. We simply attempted to feed off him. It was once his night, and everyone understood that. We simply attempted to feed off him and he led us to this one."
It was once an strangely quiet night for Bagley, who was once held to 13 issues. In video games he has performed greater than 30 mins, that qualifies as a season low. During the hole minute, Bagley felt his proper shoulder pop misplaced after going up for a rebound, then ignored 5 mins whilst looking to pop it again in. Though he mentioned his shoulder didn't hassle him throughout the sport, Miami obviously keyed its defensive efforts in slowing him down.
That labored to an extent, and so did its part-courtroom protection, a minimum of to open the second one part. As Miami trainer Jim Larranaga mentioned in a while, "I feel we performed a super 32 mins and then the whole thing modified. The Gary Trent Show started."
To move at the side of that, Duke switched to a zone protection that totally flummoxed Miami. The aggregate labored so neatly, Krzyzewski mentioned, "We needed to play virtually absolute best basketball, which we did roughly in the final 11 mins."
If that pattern continues ...
"I say this each and every recreation, 'We're now not a completed product,'" Trent mentioned.