The Duke Blue Devils were able to attain an important win over the Boston College Eagles last night. The Dukies had lost 4 straight--3 of those by less than 5 points. Josh McRoberts had a good game--18 points, 11 rebounds, and 5 assists. Most importantly he really asserted himself on offense and looked to score. Duke really needs someone who is going to act selfish and look to take the game on their shoulders when the time comes for it. Greg Paulus did well with his 7 assists.
The Blue Devils were up by as many as 22 points in the second half, thanks to some unemotional, sub-par play by BC. Then Duke did something that is very difficult to do--they held on to the lead. BC started making a run when Duke tried to slow the game down and run time off the clock. BC was able to cut the lead down to 6. However, Duke was able to hold on to their lead and secure a victory.
This was one of the better victories for Duke. They have had a really tough schedule--the 4th toughest in the nation. This win was important for them--not for their standing, though it did put them at .500 in the ACC. This was an important morale and pride win for them. I think they can win 3 over their next 5. That will put them at 9-8 in the ACC, 22-9 overall. They should win 1 or 2 games in the ACC tournament. In the NCAA tourney, they are looking at a 4 or 5 seed right now. Depending on the match-ups, I think they will be fortunate to make it to the Sweet 16. I will be glad if they do. This has been a tough year for them. I think it will help them next year, when I expect them to be much better.
That is all.