Section 17: Champion of Champions (Duke vs. Cal Poly Pomona)

Thursday night, just a few hours after securing a verbal from Quinn Cook, the defending Division I National Champions took on the defending Division II National Champions, Cal Poly Pomona, and came out on top by a score of 81-60.  To see some of our coverage and commentary on the game, check out our live blog found here.

Duke got off to a bit of a rough start but still led at halftime 39-33.  The Broncos had their way in the paint in that half, actually outrebounding Duke 23-17.  On the offensive end, the team was a bit sloppy, committing almost as many turnovers as assists (1 less).  However, that’s exactly what these exhibition games are for: To shake off the cobwebs and get back in the swing of things.  No disrespect to Cal Poly Pomona though.  They came out ready to go.

In the second half, Duke pulled things together and took control.  When the final buzzer sounded, all 5 starters finished in double-digit scoring, and Mason Plumlee added 12 rebs on top of his 11 pts for a double-double.  While there are some negatives from this game (2-15 from beyond the arc, 17-28 from the free throw line), there are certainly a number of positives, such as the 21 turnovers forced and of course, the large large amount of fast breaks and alley oops.  Check out some of the highlights from the game, as seen from Arun, Scott, and Amogh’s perspectives from the front row of Section 17:

Crazie-Talk Live! Duke vs. Cal Poly Pomona

Hello Duke fans and Crazie-Talkers,

Tonight the Blue Devils face off against the defending Division II National Champions, Cal Poly Pomona at 6 PM EST. We have been excited for this game for some time, mainly due to this post from the ESPN College Basketball Nation Blog in early September. It seems the CPP community is super stoked to visit Cameron:

“What an absolute thrill for our players, coaches, staff and university,” Cal Poly Pomona coach Greg Kamansky said in a statement. “We’ll have an opportunity to savor the successes last season by playing against a program that represents the very best that our sport has to offer. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience and we look forward to the challenge of playing against a talented team that should be the preseason top-ranked team in the country and coached by one of basketball’s true icons and ambassadors.”

What a stand up guy this Kamansky fellow is! And apparently the excitement has only built in Pomona: the school is having a campus watch party at their student center.

As I am currently abroad in Ireland and can’t watch the game in person, I will be liveblogging right here on Crazie-Talk. Feel free to join the fun using the console above. You can watch the game online at GoDuke.com for a $10 monthly subscription. Several C-Ters will be in Cameron taking video of the game, so be sure to check the site frequently over the next few days for more highlights like this.

Enjoy the game, and I hope to be chatting up a storm with hundreds of Duke fans champing at the bit for this season to start.

See you right here at 5:45 PM EST.

Section 17: This Is Duke Basketball (Duke vs. St. Augustine's)

Saturday night, the Devils opened the season with an exhibition game against St. Augustine’s, and after watching from the front row of Section 17, here’s my succinct summary:  Get ready for one exciting season.

Crazie Note: Mute the beat on our video below and play “Pursuit of Happiness” concurrently in a different window. Makes for a great experience.


Duke put on a show tonight, winning 141-68 and dominating from start to finish.  The Blue Devils opened on a 16-0 run, and after St. Augustine’s hit a free throw, they went on another 14-0 run to make it 30-1.  At the end of the first half, Duke led 73-25 and had forced an impressive 20 turnovers.  That’s just scary.

Kyle Singler led the way with 31 points and 9 rebounds and made 6 of Duke’s 19 threes in the game.  Everyone played well though, and I mean everyone.  While this was just an exhibition game, it really showed how much of a true team Duke should be this season.  The team had a remarkable 38 assists on 46 field goals, and every player on the roster got into the game.  Moreover, no one played for more than 22 minutes.  7 players (Curry, Dawkins, Irving, Kelly, Ma. Plumlee, Singler, Smith) had double figure scoring.

The sheer number of alley oops and fast breaks that occurred tonight is just frightening.  We get that St. Augustine’s isn’t really competition, but for a team that’s barely starting practicing, Duke looks ready to blow off the door of college basketball.

Get ready, nation.

Be sure to keep up with Crazie-Talk on Twitter and Facebook. Like the team we revere, we’re about to make big strides. Cheers.