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Checking In On The Dukies

Who’s Ready To See Some Sad Coach K?

With all of the frustration that five disappointing weeks of football can bring the game against our arch-rival Blue Devils has seemingly snuck up on us. But here we are and in 48 hours the twenty-first meeting between Kentucky and Duke will be in the history books. Kentucky leads the all-time series 11-9 but Duke has won seven of the last eight. That trend will reverse on Tuesday night. Let’s cap Sundy night with a qucik check in on the Dukies’ season thus far:

Prepare to be Annoyed by Grayson Allen

Via TheCoggintoboggan

If you, like me, boycotted the national championship game last season then there is a good chance you’ve never heard of Grayson Allen. Allen was a Mcdonalds All-American alongside our own Tyler Ulis and for most of the 2014-15 season was an afterthought alongside Jahlil Okafor, Justise Winslow, and Tyus Jones. But in the National Title game Allen saved the day as he rattled off 8 straight points to get the Blue Devils back into the game. Now he’s back and ready to be your favorite player you love to hate.

In two games this season Allen is averaging 27 points and is ranked by KenPom as the second most efficient player in college basketball. Tyler Ulis is going to change that.

They’re Built a Whole Lot Like Us.

When you look at the rosters Duke and Kentucky are two very similar teams. We’ve already mentioned Grayson Allen, the sophomore point guard who returns with an expanded role much like our own Tyler Ulis. At shooting guard the Blue Devils split time between Matt Jones and Luke Kennard. Jones has a higher output through the first two games. At the three is one-time Kentucky target, freshman Brandon Ingram. Ingram has the tools to be superstar by the end of the year and his size will be a nice test for our own superstar, Jamal Murray. At the four is senior Amile Jefferson. He’s a long and lean forward who is averaging a double-double like Marcus Lee. Jefferson, however, is not a defensive presence like Lee. At center Duke has yet another Plumlee leftover from the bulk order they picked up at Costco around the turn of the century. While he doesn’t have the skillset of Skal, Marshall Pumlee does have a 25+ pound weight advantage and will be the first big lug our young star has faced.

For the bench Kentucky has the advantage. Alex Poythress, Derek Willis, and Charles Matthews have more experience than Derryck Thornton and Luke Kennard. Duke doesn’t go much deeper than that while Kentucky could throw in Isaac Humphries to bang around on the Plumlee. Both teams are built to score a lot of points which should make for a fun time in the old town this Tuesday.


Article written by Andrew Cassady

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12 Comments for Checking In On The Dukies

  1. BbnGroveStreet
    10:21 pm November 15, 2015 Permalink

    Grayson Allen is going to be the most recent player to enter the category with, Matt walsh, jj redick, joakim noah, etc

  2. Mc12
    11:12 pm November 15, 2015 Permalink

    Charles Matthews has more experience….?
    Also, Thornton is really their only pg and he has little experience on this stage. Hopefully the press works. Allen is not really a pg. I look for plenty of head snapping back flop action as always from Duke. Kennard ia a quick study with the heald snap move, and Allen has perfected the jump in to somebody and cry for a foul play.

    • ukjaybrat
      7:33 am November 16, 2015 Permalink

      i think he means that our bench collectively has more experience than’ duke’s, not necessarily each player has more experience.

      senior, junior, freshman >>> freshman, freshman

    • Mc12
      9:11 am November 16, 2015 Permalink

      I understood what he meant. I just don’t think throwing in Matthews was necessary in that statement. Also, he didn’t mention Chase Jeter. Although it really doesn’t matter.

    • 8 god
      10:12 am November 16, 2015 Permalink

      also Chase Jeter sucks.

  3. 8 god
    7:08 am November 16, 2015 Permalink

    ^^^ Allen doesn’t play PG, a quick google could’ve told you that. He’s an athletic shooting guard/small forward (not your typical Duke white boy). Duke’s weaknesses are at PG and SG because Thornton is very young and sloppy, Kennard has little athleticism and only relies on shot fakes, and Matt Jones (who starts) just isn’t very talented. So really of their four-man backcourt rotation, Allen is the only one with the capability of scoring a lot of points. Source: Duke student.

    • ukjaybrat
      7:37 am November 16, 2015 Permalink

      Allen isn’t a TRUE point guard, but other than Thornton (which you pointed out is too young to start), Duke doesn’t have a true point guard. So he plays that position. He may not BE a point guard, but he plays the position point guard.

      Whether or not that’s what AC meant, that is closer to the truth.

  4. The Rest of the story
    8:39 am November 16, 2015 Permalink

    Duke scores lots of points and UK can also but defense will win this game. Can Cal get these young Cats to clamp down on the Devils or will there be layup drills by them on us. Just wish the Cats had a few more games in them before this one.

    • theSkinny81
      9:28 am November 16, 2015 Permalink

      Duke scored a lot of points against Florida Southern, Livingstone, Siena and Bryant.

      Duke will have played the same amount of games as UK coming into this game.

      They have a bunch of freshmen, too.

      Relax, guy.

  5. Twick39
    9:19 am November 16, 2015 Permalink

    Duck fuke

  6. pr87bluKfan
    4:21 pm November 16, 2015 Permalink

    Forgetting ISAIAH BRISCOE!!! Hes gonna be a hard guard for duke.. Not to mention if Poythress plays at full capacity we should be them pretty handily. I see ppl say Poythress is a no show but he coming back from the ACL. Of course he gonna be a no show. Cal prolly wants him to go easy. Trust me he will play outta his mind tomorrow night!!

  7. pr87bluKfan
    4:23 pm November 16, 2015 Permalink

    i said be them. Meant beat them