2011 Duke Blue Devils: What to Take from Game 2 Againt Chinese Jr. National Team

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2011 Duke Blue Devils: What to Take from Game 2 Againt Chinese Jr. National Team
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Prior to taking a step on the court this season, the 2011 Duke Men's basketball team had to deal with a series of obstacles, most notably a near 24-hour, partially delayed flight to China, where they would be facing off with the Men's Jr. National team for a three game, exhibition series prior to the upcoming NCAA season.

The noticeably jet-lagged, exhausted Blue Devils grinded out a hard-fought, choppy, 77-64 victory in their first game in Kunshan before traveling to Shanghai for the second game against the same team. This would be the Blue Devils first televised game of the season and an opportunity for fans around the world to witness a taste of what they would be getting from a very different Duke team. 

Obviously, one cannot judge this team against the likes of the multiple ACC and out-of-conference foes the Blue Devils would be facing during the regular season, but the Chinese National team is a collection of talented players who have been working together substantially longer than Mike Krzyzewski's new squad and, therefore, would prove to be a formidable challenge. 

Aside from adjusting to a new style of play (the international game has multiple differences from the college game), this was a game that the Blue Devils had to handle like any other and, after it was all said and done, the team ended up defeating their counterparts by a score of 78-66, taking the second of four games of their international exhibition series. 

There were a lot of things that stood out during this game; some on the positive side, some on the negative side, and some things that fans will have to wait and see about. Here are a few things that stood out to me during this game. 

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