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Football school,
meet basketball
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DURHAM, NC - Rivalries
rarely disappoint. Tuesday
night was no exception.
A basketball rivalry that was
fueled during the Fab Five's
days was revived by the Fresh
Five. Even former Blue Devil
Grant Hill, who never lost to
Michigan's Fab Five, was in
foul language and even a ball
thrown at redshirt junior Jon
Horford by Duke's Quinn Cook
kept a packed crowd at Camer-
on Indoor Stadium entertained
until the final buzzer.
In the end, the Michigan
men's basketball team never
led No. 10 Duke in a 79-69 loss.
The Blue Devils (7-2) won the
tip-off and missed their first
shot, but outmanned Michigan
to get an offensive board and
put in the first bucket of the
The Wolverines (5-3) were
disjointed in the first half.
They started the game shoot-
ing 1-for-5 from the field,
including two airballs and a
shot from Michigan forward
Mitch McGary that hit the side
of the backboard. With five

minutes left in the half, soph-
omore guard Spike Albrecht
was Michigan's leading scorer,
with just three points out of the
Wolverines' nine.
Sophomore guard Nik Staus-
kas, who played after sitting
out Michigan's previous game
against Coppin State with an
ankle injury, couldn't get open
in the first half. Senior Tyler
Thornton started covering
Stauskas and didn't let Michi-
gan's leading scorer out of his
Stauskas scored just three
points in the half - all from
the free-throw line. The guard
took just two shots in the half -
one from behind the arc, which
was an off-balanced attempt
as the shot clock expired that
didn't find the rim.
"We didn't get a lot of easy
shots, but we did get a few that
we missed early that could've
kept it where we wanted it
to be," Michigan coach John
Beilein said. "Obviously we
were missing Nik's normal
game. We just had trouble scor-
ing points without him."
Michigan knew going in that
its biggest advantage would
be in the paint, where Duke
lacks anyone whose size mir-
rors McGary's 6-foot-10 frame.

But McGary couldn't hold off
the Blue Devils by himself, and
Duke out-rebounded Michigan
23-15 in the first half, thanks to
six offensive boards.
Still, the Blue Devils didn't
run away with the game until
late as the Wolverines went
into the locker room trailing
just 32-22. Struggling to find
open shots in the second half,
No. 22 Michigan attacked the
rim. McGary put in an easy
bucket to start the half, and
sophomore guard Caris LeVert
used the extra 16 pounds he put
on over the summer to drive to
the bucket.
LeVert knocked down two
from the line early in the half,
and followed it with tough con-
tested layups and highlight-
reel dunks. He finished the
night with 24 points.
Michigan inched closer, but
was unable to close the gap.
With Duke limiting the Wol-
verines' looks from three, it
was too much to ask for Michi-
gan to get back in the game
with only two-pointers. After
LeVert knocked down a free
throw for an and-1 play to bring
the Wolverines within six, the
Blue Devils came back down
and drained back-to-back
3-pointers to give themselves

breathing room en route to a
14-4 run,
"They made two great threes
during that time and that was
a huge difference," Beilein
said. "Those (shots) miss either
time, this game could've gone
either way at that time. Big
makes by them and we couldn't
come back again after that."
On defense, the Wolverines
struggled to find an answer for
freshman Jabari Parker and
Cook,whohad 14 and20points,
respectively. Sophomore for-
ward Glenn Robinson did his
best to shut down the highly-
touted freshman, but Parker
lived up no the hype, showing
off an impressive NBA-like
ability to score at will.
"We we're not going to
give (Parker and Cook) a lot
of space, and we loaded up on
them as much as we could. We
paid for it. But we were not
going to let them get 26 and 28
and beat us."
With time expiring the Wol-
verines fought for loose balls,
hustled and fouled Duke to put
the Blue Devils on the line until
there was no time remaining.
When the clock hit zero, the
Wolverines walked away in
defeat, the rivalry very much

Daily Sports E


DURHAM, N.C. - On Tues-
day, a football school visited a
basketball school.
Duke and Michigan boast
traditions that have put them at
the pinnacle of their respective
sports over the years. When you
think college football, you think
the winged helmet, and when
you think college basketball, you
think of hundreds of blue-clad
students jumping and yelling.
Many high-schoolers choose to
come to the schools because of
the sports teams.
Michigan has its pregame
tailgates. Students line the Ann
Arbor streets blasting music,
imbibing and maize-and-blueing
all over the place. Then the thou-
sands of students flood Hoover
Street as they make their way
to Michigan Stadium for each
At Duke, there's Krzyzewski-
Duke stu-
dents don't
have a 115,000- "It's M
seat stadium to
fill, so to earn wor
a coveted spot
in Cameron dedica
Indoor Sta-
dium, which
holds 9,000,
they pitch tents days in advance.
Students have created a make-
shift housing complex since Sat-
urday on a small grassy knoll at
the northeast corner of Cameron
Indoor. Groups that camp out can
include as many members as they
want, but a third of the bunch has
to be in K-Ville at all times.
Freshman Spencer Davidson
was there since Saturday at 1p.m.
He visited Duke as a sophomore
in high school in early January
and saw the students camping
out for a game against North
Carolina ... in mid-February. He
was hooked.
He applied to Duke, and on the
application writing supplement,
he wrote about the Krzyzewski-
ville experience.
Davidson found himself in
Ann Arbor for the Nebraska
game. He went to the tailgates,
took in the experience in the Big
House. He said he had a great
Three weeks later, he returned
to Durham and set up his tent.
Smaller school, smaller sta-
dium, but just as big of an expe-
"What it is to me, is it's so
small, but that's the reason why
it's so crazy in there," Davidson
said. "You could be at the top of
the stadium, and you could feel
like you're front row. The aura, it
just never stops."
Just as Michigan football sea-
son tickets are passed down from

one generation to the next, Blue
Devil basketball is a matter of
lineage for many.
"I walked through K-ville
when I was 5 years old," said
freshman Emma Wright, whose
dad graduated from Duke. "The
first game I remember was in
sixth grade, and we were sitting
in nosebleed territory for the
Duke versus Maryland game."
Others, such as freshman
Lyndsay Garcia, intend on manu-
facturing a new family tradition.
"When I originally applied,
I never knew this was a thing,"
Garcia said. "Then everybody
starts talking about it, and you're
like, I should do it because it's
part of the Duke experience."
Garcia, who is from Dallas,
grew up on Texas Longhorn foot-
Getting accustomed to a big
basketball school took some time.
"People get really intense
about basketball here," Garcia
said. "I was always used to foot-
ball being the
big thing, so
when I came
lonths it was like, 'Oh
th of that's kind of
weird, but I get
ation." it'
Not every-
one is so quick
to compare
Duke basketball to football tail-
gating, though.
Duke senior Adam Nolte vis-
ited his sister at Michigan earlier
this year and went to the Minne-
sota football game.
"It's just different," Nolte
said. "They're not really compa-
rable. Big Ten tailgating football
is like a one-day thing, whereas
the Cameron Crazies is a season
of tenting. It's months worth of
Travis Fox, a sophomore, got
the No. 1 tent position for last
year's game against Ohio State.
That earned him and his friends
the right to sprint into Cameron
Indoor first as soon as the gates
open, so they could pick their
spots on the wooden bleachers.
He was at a LSU football game
earlier this year, where he said
there were more students tail-
gating than Duke has in its entire
school. He prizes, above the
sheer size of the football game
days, the intimacy of Duke bas-
"I think it's easier to generate
a lot more enthusiasm around
sports when the teams are so
integrated within the school,"
Fox said. "When there's the
familiarity. When you're that
close to the stadium. When you
see players around. When it's
that small of a school, it is so
much easier to generate the kind
of unity you see in K-ville and in

LEFT: Sophomore forward Mitch McGary goes up for a rebound against Duke's Jabari Parker. McGary finished the game with 15 points and 14 rebounds.
RIGHT: Sophomore guard Caris LeVert took over the game in the second half, almost sparking a comeback by leading all scorers with 24 points.
Michigan baffledon oense

Daily Sports Editor
DURHAM, N.C. - Time
and again Tuesday night, John
Beilein looked defeated, which
made sense, because he had
If it wasn't his hands folded
behind his head, it was his chin
in his hand, and if it wasn't that,
it was himwalkingto the referee
to call a timeout.
His offense, which had looked
so explosive in the early games
this season, had failed him in the
Wolverines' 79-69 loss to Duke
in Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Two airballs to start the game
certainly weren't a good omen.
On multiple occasions, miscom-
munications led to passes that
found the fourth row of the
Cameron Crazies student sec-
Even as sophomore for-
ward Mitch McGary drained a
long jump shot in the first half,
Beilein shouted "Not" as the

Wolverines ran back on defense,
voicing his displeasure with the
A few trips later, Beilein tried
to get a play in to freshman point
guard Derrick Walton. "Five!"
Beilein yelled as Michigan
advanced up court, only for the
raucous stadium noise to drown
out the sound as the call went
unheard and the Wolverines
wound up with another empty
trip down the floor.
On one possession, sopho-
more guard Nik Stauskas tried
to cross up Quinn Cook and only
crossed up himself. Stauskas
stumbled, and Cook took the
steal to the other end for an easy
And forget making 3-point-
ers, Michigan had a tough time
even shooting them. Blue Devils
coach Mike Krzyzewski had a
game plan to eliminate the Wol-
verines' 3-point threat, and it
worked to perfection.
"Stauskas gets a lot of shots
in transition, and they're a great

transition team," said Duke
guard Tyler Thornton. "So those
are the two things we wanted
to limit - transition shots and
3-point shots."
Stauskas, who was question-
able with an the ankle injury,
was stymied all night. Whether
it was the lingering pain hinder-
ing him from pushing off or the
Duke game plan, shot attempts
were nowhere to be found.
Despite playing 34 minutes,
Stauskas attempted just two
field goals, one a 3-point shot,
making neither of them.
Sophomore guard Caris
LeVert was the only Wolverine
able to generate offense, going
off in the second half for 20
points. He finished with 24 on
the game, highlighted by 7-for-7
free-throw shooting.
But he, too, wasn't even able
to manage more than a single
"We tried to make sure that
we knew most of their offense,"
Krzyzewski said. "Then it's just

a matter of our kids working
real hard to make sure you try
to stop it. They still scored, but
it was tough to score against us
Michigan was held to 3-for-
13 shooting from the perimeter,
and those numbers are a bit
deceptive, as two of those came
in the final minute as Beilein
tried to prolong the game by
Between a 3-pointer by
sophomore point guard Spike
Albrecht in the opening minutes
and freshman guard Zak Irvin's
shot with a minute left, the Wol-
verines went three-less. For
a team that often relies, if not
survives on that shot, solutions
were limited.
"It was a great plan," Beilein
said. "They really tried to keep
Stauskas's touches very low and
not let him get into a rhythm.
Lock the rails on the sides so
that we had to score tough twos,
they did a great job with doing





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