Saturday, February 22, 2014
Duke uses star power to beat No. 1 Syracuse
Adam Hunger/USA TODAY SportsNo. 5 Duke beat No. 1 Syracuse, 66-60, the Blue Devils’ first win over the AP No. 1 team since beating Arizona in 1997, and their first at home since beating Michigan in 1992.
Rodney Hood and Jabari Parker led Duke to a win over top-ranked Syracuse.
Syracuse becomes just the fifth team in the past 25 seasons to lose twice in the same week as the AP No. 1 team, and the first since Texas four seasons ago.
Duke gets its second home win against the AP No. 1 under Mike Krzyzewski and extends the longest active home win streak in the nation to 31 straight.
According to the KenPom win probability calculator at kenpom.com, Syracuse had a win probability of 5.5% before Jim Boeheim's two technical fouls (trailing 60-58, Duke had the ball). That probability dropped to 0.3% after the free throws (trailing 63-58, Duke ball).
Essentially, Syracuse's odds went from 1 in 18 to 1 in 300.
Jabari Parker and Rodney Hood combined to score nearly half of Duke’s points, and they outrebounded the rest of their teammates combined.
On the other side, Tyler Ennis and C.J. Fair combined to score 21 points on 8-for-25 shooting.
In the first meeting, those two combined for 42 points, going 15-for-25 from the floor.
Trevor Cooney scored just four points, his third straight game in single digits. He had four such games all season before this stretch.
Owning the Paint
Duke found success against Syracuse’s zone Saturday when getting the ball into the paint during the possession.
The Blue Devils shot 56 percent against the zone after the ball entered the paint, compared to just 29 percent when the ball didn't enter the paint.
Syracuse shot 27 percent from outside the paint after shooting 63 percent on such shots in the first meeting. More than half of the Orange’s field goal attempts came from outside the paint Saturday, compared to just 30 percent in their first matchup.
Very Different Meetings
When these two teams hooked up the first time, it was all about offense -- they combined to score 180 points while making nearly half of their shots.
This one was equally close throughout, but it was all about the defense. The teams combined to score 54 fewer points on just 43 percent shooting and 30 percent from 3-point range.
Start of a Great Rivalry
When Syracuse moved to the ACC, many people hated to see their Big East rivalries go away. But they may have started a great one with Duke after just two meetings this season.
The teams are separated by just four points this season, have shot nearly the same percentage from 3-point range, and have very similar rebound and turnover totals.