Duke Basketball: Breaking Down the Blue Devils' Win over the Santa Clara Broncos

Jon ReidCorrespondent IIDecember 30, 2012

Duke Basketball: Breaking Down the Blue Devils' Win over the Santa Clara Broncos

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    The Duke Blue Devils basketball team improved to 12-0 on Saturday with their victory over the Santa Clara Broncos of the West Coast Conference.

    Despite their lack of name recognition, the Broncos proved to be one of Duke's tougher opponents on its nonconference schedule.

    Although Duke wound up winning by 13 points, with the final score being 90-77, Santa Clara kept the game close and even took the lead at one point during the second half.

    But it was a patented Blue Devils run that secured Duke's 101st consecutive nonconference home win.

    Let's take a closer look at the Duke Blue Devils' 90-77 win.

The Good

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    Yesterday's win was a great example of a complete team effort.

    Not only did the Blue Devils have four players reach double figures in scoring, but they won the rebounding battle, pulling down 36 boards to Santa Clara's 26.

    Ryan Kelly was the key in that department, as he managed to snag 11 rebounds to go with his 10 points, giving him his second double-double of the year.

    Mason Plumlee was fantastic, as per usual, as he registered 18 points and added 13 rebounds, proving once again that he is a force down low.

    Duke also shot 50 percent from the field and from downtown on Saturday afternoon.

The Bad

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    There wasn't much to complain about from the Dukies yesterday.

    Shooting 63 percent from the free-throw line isn't a desirable number, but the fact that the team got to the line 33 times makes that mark more bearable.

    The only other blemish on an otherwise sensational game was the Blue Devils' struggle to shut down the combination of Kevin Foster and Evan Roquemore, who combined for 46 points, 11 rebounds and six assists.

    The bench didn't do much yesterday either. Only Tyler Thornton and Josh Hairston played a decent amount of minutes, with Thornton actually fouling out in his limited time on the floor.

Santa Clara's Player of the Game

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    Santa Clara's player of the game from Saturday afternoon's tilt has to be fifth-year senior Kevin Foster.

    No. 21 in Red was on absolute fire, scoring 18 first-half points and almost single-handedly keeping his team in the game at the half.

    He added 11 more in the second half to finish the game with 29, adding five rebounds and four assists in the losing cause.

    Foster, along with the rest of the Broncos, showed why they are a sleeper team to make a run come March.

Duke's Player of the Game

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    Usually this honor is reserved for big man Mason Plumlee.

    And had it not been for Seth Curry, that would've been the case once again on Saturday.

    This time, however, it's the 6'2" senior who claims player of the game, after he put on a clinic at Cameron Indoor Stadium Saturday afternoon.

    Curry knocked down 12 of his 18 field-goal attempts and three of his four free throws, scoring a season-high 31 points.

    If Curry can continue to shoot the way he did against the Broncos, this Duke team may be unstoppable as they head into conference play.