College Basketball

Michigan vs. Duke: Score, Grades and Analysis

Dec 3, 2013; Durham, NC, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward Amile Jefferson (21) gets pumped up against the Michigan Wolverines during a timeout at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Dolejs-USA TODAY Sports
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Tim KeeneyContributor IDecember 4, 2013

Whoever said No. 10 Duke was a one-man show was proven wrong on Tuesday night, as the Blue Devils used a balanced effort to knock off No. 22 Michigan, 79-69, at Cameron Indoor Stadium. 

Jabari Parker had "only" 15 points—his lowest total of the season—but Mike Krzyzewski's squad, which gave up 90 points to Vermont a little over a week ago, was stingy on defense and versatile on offense. 

With Rasheed Sulaimon in Coach K's doghouse and not logging any minutes, everyone else stepped up. Quinn Cook poured in 24 points to go with nine assists, Rodney Hood tallied 14 points, Andre Dawkins hit some key late threes, Amile Jefferson had six and six with nice defense off the bench, and even Marshall Plumlee made a couple of positive plays in limited minutes.

Dec 3, 2013; Durham, NC, USA; Michigan Wolverines guard Nik Stauskas (11) shoots against Duke Blue Devils forward Amile Jefferson (21) at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Dolejs-USA TODAY Sports
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On the other side of the court, Michigan star Nik Stauskas didn't make a field goal on his way to four points, and the Wolverines shot just 44.6 percent from the field and had as many turnovers as assists in the forgettable road effort. 

Most of the first half can only be described as sloppy. 

Both teams struggled to execute offensively, shooting a combined 36.8 percent from the field and 26.3 percent from beyond the arc en route to an underwhelming 23-11 Duke after more than 16 minutes. 

They eventually woke up, however, as Mitch McGary sparked a mini Michigan run and Tyler Thornton responded with a trey as time expired to take the Blue Devils into the locker room with a 32-22 advantage. 

It was back-and-forth action to start the second half, but after Caris LeVert hit a three-point play to bring Michigan within six at the nine-minute mark, Dawkins responded with two straight threes, pushing the lead back to 12 within a minute. 

The lead would never fall to single digits the rest of the way, as Duke cruised to its seventh win of the season. 

 

Player Grades

Mitch McGary, Michigan: B

Dec 3, 2013; Durham, NC, USA; Michigan Wolverines forward Mitch McGary (4) drives past Duke Blue Devils forward Amile Jefferson (21) at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Dolejs-USA TODAY Sports
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Much like the rest of his team, McGary looked devoid of energy—which is typically one of his major calling cards—in the game's first 15 minutes, but he eventually woke up and began making plays. 

At the end of the first half, the sophomore hit a jumper and then proceeded to lead two fast breaks after pulling down defensive rebounds. 

It was a bit of an up-and-down performance, but he finished with 15 points and 14 rebounds and was one of the only Wolverines who looked interested in making positive things happen on the night. 

 

Jabari Parker, Duke: B+

Dec 3, 2013; Durham, NC, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward Jabari Parker (1) shoots over Michigan Wolverines forward Mitch McGary (4) at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Dolejs-USA TODAY Sports
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As it turns out, Parker is human. 

Still, in what was the fabulous freshman's worst game of this young season, he still managed to put up 15 points and six rebounds. He once again showed his marvelous versatility, scoring off the break, from the post and from mid-range. 

He was quiet for much of the night, and 15 points on 14 shots isn't the kind of efficiency you want to see, but he still found a way to have some really impressive moments. 

 

Caris LeVert, Michigan: A-

Dec 3, 2013; Durham, NC, USA; Michigan Wolverines guard Caris LeVert (23) drives past Duke Blue Devils forward Amile Jefferson (21) at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Dolejs-USA TODAY Sports
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On a night when everyone for Michigan struggled on the offensive end, LeVert stepped up with 24 points and four rebounds. 

The sophomore shot just 8-of-18, but that was partly a product of him being the only real offensive option and having to force some shots when no one else was doing anything.

When it comes down to it, he was Michigan's best player on the floor, got to the line seven times and showcased some aggressiveness on the offensive end that was good to see for the Wolverines.

 

Matt Jones, Duke: A

DURHAM, NC - DECEMBER 03:  Matt Jones #13 of the Duke Blue Devils reacts after a turnover by the Michigan Wolverines during play at Cameron Indoor Stadium on December 3, 2013 in Durham, North Carolina.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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There are a handful of Duke players whom we could mention here, so you're probably wondering why we're going with the one who was 0-of-4 from the field for two points. 

And you're probably also wondering why we're giving him an "A."

While his offense wasn't much to write home about (although he did have three assists), Jones was terrific on defense. When he was in the game, he shut down Stauskas and really set the tone for Duke's best defensive effort of the season. 

 

What's Next

Michigan hosts Houston Baptist on Saturday, and a week later, they welcome No. 2 Arizona in what should be a scintillating matchup. 

Duke, meanwhile, gets a bit of break before hosting Gardner-Webb (Dec. 16) and No. 18 UCLA (Dec. 19).

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