Duke has looked great with a 8-0 record beginning the season with arguably the hardest schedule up to this point, defeating three of the final four teams from last season, Kentucky, Louisville, and Ohio State. Duke has been led by their three seniors, Mason Plumlee (19.6 ppg and 11 rpg), Seth Curry (15.1 ppg), and Ryan Kelly (13.0 ppg). The Blue Devils have also had huge contributions from sophomore PG Quinn Cook (10.5 ppg and 5.9 apg), and freshman Rasheed Sulaimon (12.9 ppg).
The Blue Devils won the Battle for Atlantis in the Bahamas beating Minnesota, VCU, and Louisville in 3 days. Quinn Cook was named MVP of the tournament averaging 13.7 ppg and 6.3 apg. Cook has played his way into the starting lineup and Duke looks to be stronger team because of the move.
In Duke’s game against then-#4 Ohio State, in the ACC/BIG TEN Challenge, the Blue Devils had a huge night from Plumlee (21 points and 17 rebounds). The Duke offense was struggling to score points in the first half as they scored only 23 points, with only two coming from guards. But with a strong second half scoring 50 points, the Blue Devils came away with the win 73-68. Duke guards stepped it up and had their way in the second half, with Sulaimon scoring all 17 of his points, and 10 points from Cook.
Duke will be looking to recover as they have an easier upcoming schedule before starting ACC play on January 5th.
Virginia Tech has started the season off 7-0 is looking much better than predicted. The Hokies season has been highlighted by an 81-71 win against Oklahoma State. Virginia Tech has the highest scoring offense in the ACC and 3rd in NCAA Division I at 86.1 ppg. They are led by senior guard Erick Green (24.9 ppg and 4.4 apg) and junior Jarell Eddie (17.1 ppg and 7.4 rpg). Both Green and Eddie are in the top three of the ACC in scoring. Green’s 24.9 ppg is leading the ACC and is 3rd in the country.
In the win against then #15 Oklahoma State, Green scored 28 points on 6 of 10 shooting (4 of 7 from 3 point range) and 12 of 13 from the free throw line. Eddie added 15 points and 12 rebounds in the win. The team played a good second half as they outscored Oklahoma State 49-35.
The Hokies look like they may be able to compete in the ACC, but will first have tests against West Virginia and BYU before ACC play starts January 5th 2013.
Derell Brownlee is an ACC Corresponent and Scout for NetScouts Basketball.