Jon Scheyer suffered his first loss as Duke Basketball head coach on Tuesday night when the Blue Devils lost a close game to defending champion Kansas at the Champions Classic. It wasn’t all bad news for the Blue Devils in the first marquee matchup of the young coach’s career as a freshman Kyle Filipowski registered his third consecutive double-double and classmate Tyrese Proctor set a career high with nine points (all in the second half).
Despite the setback, Scheyer said his team learned best because they had experiences in a big matchup that you can’t simulate.
“This is without question the best form of learning. Just being in those moments, there’s no way to simulate it. That doesn’t mean I’m happy or that I’m in any way enjoying this loss. You have to hate it and learn from it, grow from it. But when you play the Champions Classic every year you obviously want to win, but you probably learn more by losing. Even if we had won that game, we would have won if we weren’t at our best with the way we handled the ball and some of the plays we make and can make better. But being absolutely there makes you better as a team and as a program.”
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Duke (2-1, 0-0 ACC) vs. Delaware (1-1, 0-0 CAA)
Friday 18 November 2022 • 7:00 p.m
Durham, NC • Cameron Indoor Stadium
TV/Streaming • Regional Sports Network • WatchESPN
radio • Blue Devils Sports Network by LEARFIELD
Here’s more from Duke Sports information on what to expect in game on Friday night.
- No. 7 Duke returns home for the second of three straight games against the reigning conference champions on Friday night while Delaware visits Cameron Indoor Stadium.
- The Blue Hens won the CAA tournament last season while Monday’s opponent Bellarmine claimed the ASUN. Duke suffered a 69-64 loss to Kansas, a year away from winning the Big XII and the National Championship in 2022.
- The Blue Devils started that Jon Scheyer Era with an emphasis on defense and rebounds. In three games, Duke is ninth nationally in goal defense and is averaging just 50.3 points per game. Opponents shoot .368 from the field and hit a .200 clip (13 of 65) from three-point range — the ninth-best three-point defense in the nation.
- On the glass, Duke is nationally eighth in rebounds (47.3), sixth in rebounds (+18.3), and third in offensive rebounds (19.0). The Blue Devils have +39 second chance points in three games.
- Scheyer, a 2010 Duke graduate and four-year letter winner for the Blue Devils, who has spent the past nine years on the Hall of Famer staff Mike Krzyzewskiis in his first season as head coach of the Blue Devils.
- student in the first year Kyle Filipowski is tied for the NCAA lead with three double-doubles. He is the first Duke freshman ever with three consecutive double-doubles, opening a career, and the nation’s only freshman with multiple double-doubles (through November 16).
- Filipowski ranks seventh nationally in rebounds (12.0) and leads all freshmen in the NCAA; during the study Ryan Young (right) is 24th nationally in offensive rebounds (4.0).
- Junior Captain Jeremy Roach, a preseason first-team All-ACC pick and member of the Cousy Award watchlist, returns after helping propel Duke to the Final Four, an ACC regular-season title and a 32-7 mark to lead last season. Roach and Filipowski are tied at the top of the team with 14.0 points.
- Overall, Duke has 11 newcomers on the roster — seven freshmen — all recruited and signed by Scheyer, who make up the nation’s No. 1 recruiting class, and four graduate transfers.