NEW YORK (AP) -- Just call it Cameron Square Garden.
J.J. Redick had 20 points to lead six players in double figures
and No. 3 Duke beat Texas (No. 10 ESPN/USA Today; No. 11 AP) 89-61 on Saturday. The game was
played before a pro-Blue Devils sellout crowd at Madison Square
Garden that sounded as if it were at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
"This was like a home game but still, in a building like this,
it was a special experience," Redick said.
The Blue Devils (8-1) won their fifth straight, and just like
the previous four they did it with defense.
"Our defense has been consistently excellent recently," Duke
coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "And we didn't do a bad job executing
on offense. Today we played extremely well."
Texas (5-2) missed its first nine shots and shot only 25 percent
(9-for-36) in falling behind 48-29 at halftime. It didn't get much
better in the second half for the Longhorns. The Blue Devils
pressured the ball all over the court, forcing the Texas guards to
try and get rid of it in a hurry, and that meant low percentage
The crowd of 19,948 had plenty to cheer as Duke shot 62 percent
in the first half (18-for-29) and 57 percent (31-for-54) for the
game. The tenacious defense also allowed the Blue Devils to get out
on the break and no play drew a bigger cheer than Chris Duhon's
behind-the-back pass to Luol Deng for a dunk that made it 40-23
with 4:10 left in the half.
"Duhon was spectacular," Krzyzewski said. "His quickness and
his verve throughout the game gave us so much confidence."
"We missed shots early and they stayed with their game plan,"
Ivey said. "They were stepping up and got the game going the way
In its last four games, Duke allowed opponents an average of 50
points and held them to 37 percent shooting while forcing 20
turnovers a game.
Texas entered the game with a plus-18.5 rebound margin. Duke
outrebounded the Longhorns 43-34 with Williams and Randolph each
grabbing nine. Texas did have a 21-14 advantage on the offensive
end, but most weren't converted into points.
"We felt if we could come even on the boards we'd have a shot
at winning and we wound up outrebounding them," Krzyzewski said.
Texas' only other loss this season was also at Madison Square
Garden. Arizona beat the Longhorns 91-83 in the Jimmy V Classic on
The only other meeting between Duke and Texas was also in
Madison Square Garden, a 95-69 victory by the Blue Devils in the
semifinals of the Preseason NIT on Nov. 22, 2000.
"We didn't play the way we're capable of playing," Texas coach
Rick Barnes said. "The difference was in the post players. They
spread you out because they can shoot it. We had to put pressure on
them in the post and we didn't."
Even though there was a section of "Cameron Crazies" as there
is in the campus arena, a group seated one level up behind the Duke
bench provided the sarcastic cheer.
"Just like Clemson," they chanted six minutes into the second
half with Duke leading by 28. That was a reference to the five-game
winning streak Krzyzewski had over Barnes, who used to coach at
Clemson in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Mike Jarvis, who was fired by St. John's on Friday, sat in the
first row behind the Duke bench. He and Krzyzewski are longtime
"I feel badly for him and our profession," Krzyzewski said.
"I can't think of anyone fired before the conference season even
starts unless there was an NCAA violation or something huge and
there wasn't here. He's a dear friend and he sat with my family
that was here."