DURHAM, NC, Sporting Alert – No. 1 Duke returns home Saturday to host South Dakota in a college basketball game Cameron Indoor Stadium for the first time since November 20.
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The Blue Devils (9-0) last played at home against Furman when they won 92-63 and the fans and students are delighted to see them in action again on campus.
“I watched every game when they were on the road, but nothing feels better than walking into your own area and see the team live,” said a Duke student ahead of Saturday’s encounter.
|Duke (9-0, 0-0) vs. South Dakota (7-2, 0-0)
|When: Dec. 2 | 3:30 PM (ET)|
|Where: Cameron Indoor Stadium|
|Watch Live: ESPN2|
|Listen Live: Blue Devil IMG Sports Network|
The country’s No. 1 team logged almost 8,500 miles and played nine games over a 20-day span.
Duke dug deeply into its reserves to seek of a determined Indiana side, 91-81 in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge – the ball club’s first true road game of the season, but coach Mike Krzyzewski admits that there were clear signs of fatigue.
“When you’re tired, especially guys when they’re tired, they don’t talk,” Krzyzewski said. “They talk to themselves and that’s how we played most of the game.
“We wanted to win but we were in `This is what I have to do instead of what we have to do.”
Preparation over the last couple of days most likely was manageable, as Krzyzewski revealed that his players were very exhausted.
Meanwhile, South Dakota (7-2) enters this game on a two-game winning streak and has won five of the last six.
The Coyotes are aiming to be the first team to take down the No. 1 team this season.
Freshman Marvin Bagley III of Duke who is averaging 22.3 points per game and 11.1 rebounds per game, won both the ACC Player and Rookie of the Week honors for the second time this past week.
He’s the joint leader in double-doubles with seven, which is tied for the NCAA best this season.