Section 17: Duke a Lot, Miami a Little

Duke trounced the Ohioans of Miami last night, 79-45. While some of us liveblogged, Crazie-Talk video master Arun was in Cameron enjoying the victory firsthand. Check out the video highlights below.

Seth Curry led the way with 17 points, knocking down 3 of 4 triples. Kyrie Irving overcame some early foul trouble to finish with 13, while Nolan Smith had an an efficient 10 point, 7 dime night. Smith’s passing was outstanding: several of his dimes are on display in DBP’s Top 5 plays video.

Kyle Singler struggled from the perimeter—missing all four of his 3’s—but finished with an admirable 8 points and 5 boards. Singler aka Buckets also picked up 2 of Duke’s 10 steals on the night.

Mason Plumlee and Ryan Kelly started in the forward positions. MP2 performed much better than he did against Princeton, patrolling the glass for 14 caroms and chipping in 10 points. Kelly, who added 7 points and 3 boards, looks much improved from last year. “White Delight” demonstrated a knack for position on rebounds and made intelligent reads all night, even connecting for an inbound alley oop in the final minutes (a la Scheyer to Singler in last year’s title game). Kelly’s added body muscles makes him a factor in the post—a veritable vacuum area with the departure of Zoubek and Thomas.

Miles Plumlee continues to struggle offensively, and may have injured a finger late in the game. We await further details on that injury, and hope that the elder Plumlee makes strides before next week’s showdowns with Marquette and Gonzaga/Kansas State. I think he needs that beard back.

Enjoy our highlights, and leave comments below! We will be back in action liveblogging and videotaping for Friday’s game against the Toothpaste U.