What Mike Krzyzewski said after No. 7 Duke's blowout win at Pitt

Aubrey Yates
January 13, 2018

On Wednesday it did just that.

Duke bolted to a 7-0 lead just 79 seconds into the game, resulting in a Pittsburgh timeout.

By halftime, they led by 26. While the five first-year players who took the court for Pitt are projects that are vital to head coach Kevin Stallings' rebuilding project, the four the Blue Devils threw out there are headed to the National Basketball Association sooner rather than later. On Dec. 9, Duke lost to Boston College, 89-84, in Boston, and on Saturday lost to N.C. State, 96-85, in Raleigh.

But not Wednesday night.

Duke shot 53.1 percent from the field but will probably feel better about the defensive work.

Coming into the matchup against Pitt on Wednesday, the Blue Devils bench scored just 17 points in the first three conference games. Against then-No. 24 Florida State (12-4, 1-3) on December 30, it gave up 93 points in a 100-93 win.

These teams have all been better than Pittsburgh on offense, according to Ken Pomeroy's efficiency rankings, not to mention every major conference team Duke has played so far. They yelled when they made a defensive stop. One who did stay was four-star freshman point guard Marcus Carr, who has played an integral part of the Panthers' season thus far.

The Panthers rank at the bottom of the ACC.

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Duke's starting lineup is young.

Bagley also blocked a shot while recording his 13th double-double of the season, one shy of the Duke freshman record shared by Jabari Parker and Gene Banks.

Pitt: A long season figures to get even longer with senior forward Ryan Luther still in a walking boot and his return uncertain.

Duke was also dealing with injuries. Even with Bolden out with an MCL sprain Saturday, Krzyzewski used a six-man rotation with just DeLaurier playing significant minutes off the bench.

Still, the show had to go on.

The Blue Devils avoided an injury scare as Wendell Carter Jr. went down with an apparent ankle injury early in the first half. It looked as if they might continue to run away with the game, but Pitt battled.

Senior guard Grayson Allen stole a pass, dribbled the ball down court and threw an alley-oop to freshman forward Marvin Bagley III, who slammed it in. The proof came during a dominant opening 17 minutes in which Duke built a 30-point lead.

"I'm exhausted of giving up 90 points a game", said Bagley, who finished with 16 points and 15 rebounds. It was his 13th double-double of the season, which is tied for second in the country. The 6-foot-11 Bagley, one of the best National Basketball Association prospects in the country, did it despite shooting 7 of 16 from the field and just 2 of 8 from the free throw line. He finished with 11 points and was 4 for 12 from the floor.

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