Saturday, December 10, 2005

No. 1 Duke Trounces No. 2 Texas, 97-66

I've noticed in recent weeks that we've had quite a few visits to the site from friends in Texas. It is thus with some complacency that we note the following AP report:

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - There was no doubt about the latest No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup.
There was no doubt who the top players were, either.
J.J. Redick had career highs of 41 points and nine 3-pointers and Shelden Williams added 23 points as No. 1 Duke beat No. 2 Texas 97-66 on Saturday, the third-biggest margin in a No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup.
The Blue Devils (9-0) used some impressive defense to pull away early in the second half, holding Texas (8-1) without a field goal for a span of 8:25. In that time, Duke went on a 21-3 run and all that was left for the sellout crowd of 19,579 was to cheer for Duke and chant Redick's name....
The win gave Duke a 3-3 record in No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchups. It also improved Duke's record in Continental Airlines Arena to 17-1, extending its winning streak there to 10 games.
Texas was playing in its first No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup - the Longhorns are now 0-6 against No. 1 teams.
Duke led 45-33 at halftime, but Texas opened the second half with a 9-2 run to get within five. Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski called a timeout with 17:43 to play and things were never the same.
Redick hit a 3 on the play out of the timeout. Aldridge scored with 17:21 to go to make it 50-44, but that was Texas's last field goal for what seemed like an eternity.
Duke had a 16-0 run during that 8:25 span, with half of those points coming from Redick, and when Tucker finally got a field goal for the Longhorns, it made it 71-49 with 8:56 to play.
Redick's 41 points were the most by a Duke player since Danny Ferry had 58 against Miami 17 years ago.


Chris & Maria said...

Alas, my friend, your loyalty to this devilish team causes me to consider witholding my son from future fellowship with your family. Reddick's antics have boiled my blood for three years, ever since he ran down the court with a dopey look on his face after sealing a sweet-16 win over Illinois in '04. But beware. A team rises in the Middle-west to make another run for the title. We'll see who's who in March.

Burly said...

what do you say, Carolina, say North Carolina, what do you say, Carolina, say HEELS!

David and Sarah said...

Not this year, Matt. Not this year.

Burly said...

I know ... we'll settle for the next three after this year.