Duke Football Coach Mike Krzyzewski Retires
Unless you were at Duke’s game against Xavier on Saturday, you probably missed the fact that the Boilermakers’ defense stuffed the scoreboard with eight blocked shots. While they were able to get some points for themselves, the game was a clear indication that the offense is in serious trouble.
Jeremy Roach’s career-high 21-point game against Xavier
Jeremy Roach played well against Xavier, scoring 21 points. He led three Blue Devils in double figures and finished with five assists and two steals. He also contributed four rebounds. However, Roach’s 21 points were one short of his career high.
Roach jumped out to an early lead, making his first shot of the game. He hit three shots in the first half, and finished 9-of-15 from the field, including 2-of-4 from beyond the arc. He added four rebounds and two steals. He was also a big reason for Duke’s defense. They held Xavier’s leading scorer, Jack Nudge, to 1 of 13 shooting from the field.
Duke held Xavier to just two field goals in the final five minutes. They also held the Musketeers to only three points in the first half. The defense was key in the Blue Devils’ win. Xavier’s leading scorer, Adam Kunkel, did not play in the second half.
Duke’s bigs have stepped up in defense, and they were a big reason for the win. Xavier’s leading rebounder, Souley Boum, only scored two points during the entire game.
Purdue’s offensive woes
Historically, the Purdue football team has been one of the most successful in the nation. However, this season has been a disappointing one for the Boilermakers. Despite a solid recruiting class, the team has struggled to produce a winning record and an NIT bid.
In addition to their mediocre offense, the team’s defense has also struggled. The defense is 107th in the nation in tackles for loss, allowing ten sacks this year. Despite allowing less than two three-and-outs per game, the offense has had more than 14 three-and-outs against Big Ten opponents.
The defense has been mediocre to bad, giving up more than 170% more points per play than the Ohio State defense. That said, the defense is also good at limiting negative plays. The team has a good third down conversion percentage and is good at scoring points in the red zone.
The offense has been plagued by poor shot selection from the perimeter and a lack of help from the backcourt. The team has been forced to rely on the rushing attack for most of the season. This has contributed to the team’s offensive woes.
Purdue’s defense tallied eight blocked shots
Despite holding their own against a talented opponent, Purdue’s defense was the star of the show. The Boilermakers recorded 25 turnovers, the most by an opponent against Ohio State this season. Purdue turned 14 offensive rebounds into 17 second-chance points.
The Purdue defense tallied eight blocked shots, which was a season-high for an opponent. The Boilermakers stifled the Gamecocks’ offense, which shot just 27.1 percent from the field. Purdue is the best shot-blocking team in the Big Ten.
The Boilermakers’ defense is not known for its aggressiveness. In the first half, the Boilermakers gave their opponent 17 turnovers. Fortunately, that number decreased in the second half, but not nearly as much. The Big Ten has a tough shot-blocking schedule, and Purdue will need to be prepared to guard the tougher teams in the conference.
The Boilermakers turned 13 turnovers into 13 points. The big question remains whether or not that can be attributed to their improved defense.
Mike Krzyzewski’s retirement will continue into the ACC and NCAA tournaments
Until recently, Mike Krzyzewski was the winningest coach in Division I men’s college basketball. After a 42-year coaching career at Duke, Krzyzewski announced his retirement last month. Now, the legendary coach is wrapping up his Hall of Fame career.
Krzyzewski was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2001. He also coached the U.S. men’s national team to gold at the 2008 Olympic Games and the 2012 London Games. He led Duke to five national championships in nine seasons, and led the Blue Devils to seven straight Final Fours.
During Krzyzewski’s tenure, Duke has compiled an ACC record of 13 regular-season titles and four ACC tournament titles. The Blue Devils also won five national championships in the 2014-15 season.
This season, Duke has the second-highest rated recruiting class in the country. The class includes five-star recruits Dariq Whitehead, A.J. Griffin, and Jaylen Blakes. Additionally, the Blue Devils have the highest-rated freshman class in the nation.