I don’t care that it is the end of January.
I don’t care that Maryland was .500 in the ACC.
I don’t care that Maryland is unranked.
Duke’s victory last night over the Terrapins, 93-84, was a statement game.
Down nine at half, on the road, and the Terrapins clicking on all cylinders the Blue Devils stepped up and took the game away. Within ten minutes the nine point deficit was a nine point lead.
DeMarcus Nelson is showing that he wants to be a leader. He dropped a career-high 27, grabbed seven rebounds and dished out four assists. His two steals early in the second half showed Maryland they would get nothing easy. His left handed finish going to the basket was rock solid.
Last night was also a coming-out party for Nolan Smith who scored 14, pulled down six rebounds, but most of all he provided a solid ball handling presence late in the game.
Gerald Henderson continues to impress. The sophomore has developed a nice mid-range game to go with his ability to finish in the paint.
Last week announcers called Duke’s victory over Clemson a statement game; it didn’t do much for me. Last night against a Terrapin team buoyed by a recent triumph over the Tar Heels, now that is more like it!
I’m lickin’ my chops. Win or lose – the rest of the season should be exciting.