Bradley vs Duke

Coach K third all-time in wins after Duke rout

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DURHAM, N.C. -- Andre Dawkins more than made up for the scoring lost with Duke's star freshman point guard Kyrie Irving sitting on the bench with a protective boot on his right foot.

It will be a lot harder for the top-ranked Blue Devils to replace everything else Irving does while he sits with a toe injury. And to listen to Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski, it could be a long time before he returns.

Dawkins scored a career-high 28 points in his first start to help Duke beat Bradley 83-48 on Wednesday night, moving Krzyzewski into sole possession of third place on the all-time wins list.

The sophomore hit eight 3-pointers for the Blue Devils (9-0), while Kyle Singler added 17 points as Duke shook off a cold-shooting first half before blowing the game open with a flurry of 3s after halftime against the Braves (4-5).

But afterward, most of the talk wasn't focused on Dawkins' big night or Krzyzewski's latest milestone in a career filled with them. Instead, it was Irving, who suffered what appeared to be a minor injury to his big toe last weekend against Butler but now is out indefinitely.

Krzyzewski offered few details other than to say Irving is being evaluated by doctors both at Duke and nationally. He said the team hopes to learn more about his status in the next week to 10 days, though he said there was a possibility that Irving might be lost for the season.

"I can't say anything more because we're learning information," Krzyzewski said. "It is serious and whatever final decision is made, it's going to be based on what's in his best interests in his career, not to save him for any period of time or whatever. But he could be out for a long time."

Krzyzewski earned his 877th victory, moving him out of a tie with Kentucky's Adolph Rupp and putting him just two behind North Carolina's Dean Smith for second place behind Bobby Knight's 902 wins. The Hall of Famer could tie his former longtime rival at home against Elon on Dec. 20, then pass Smith when the Blue Devils face UNC Greensboro on Dec. 29 in the Greensboro Coliseum.

While the Blue Devils ended up with another big-margin victory, they sure missed Irving's baseline-to-baseline speed and ability to push the ball in transition to create easy shots. Normally, the Blue Devils allow Irving to play alongside leading scorer Nolan Smith in what Krzyzewski considers a two-point guard lineup that makes the Blue Devils tougher to defend.

With Irving out, Smith became the primary ballhandler with Seth Curry backing him up. Smith's offense suffered with Irving out; he came in averaging 17.8 points but finished with two points on 0-for-8 shooting, though he did have a career-best 10 assists.

Early on, Duke offense looked stagnant while settling for 3-pointers -- albeit open ones -- against Bradley's zone defense. Dawkins hit four 3s in the first half, but the rest of the Blue Devils went 1 for 10 from behind the arc and the team shot just 39 percent to take a 32-18 halftime lead.

Of course, everything looked better once those shots started falling after halftime.

"There was just no continuity," Singler said. "We weren't hitting our posts [inside]. It was different without Kyrie out on the court. So just throughout the game, I think we got more comfortable with the lineup we had out on the court. That's a good thing because we are a different team without Kyrie out on the court. The stuff that we're doing is different, so we need to get more familiar with it."

Duke put on a show by making 9 of its first 11 3-point attempts before cooling off in the final 7 minutes, though the lead had pushed well past 30 points by that time. Dawkins led the way, knocking down a 3 just 15 seconds into the half while surpassing his previous career-high of 20 points on -- what else? -- a 3 from right in front of Krzyzewski with about 8 minutes left.

"I always feel like if you're going to give me an open shot, I'll knock it down," Dawkins said. "They kept me giving open shots, so I've got to just keep knocking them down."

He wasn't alone. Duke had a run of five straight 3s -- Curry and Singler each made two - that made it 56-27 with 12:43 left. The shots kept coming, with Singler following Dawkins' career-setter with one of his own that made it 71-34 with 7:15 to go.

"When you watch them on tape, you have to pick your poison," Bradley coach Jim Les said. "People were asking me, 'Well, how are you going to exploit their weakness?' Well, when somebody finds their weakness, they can let me know because I certainly didn't see one."

Walt Lemon Jr. scored 14 points for the Braves, who have lost five straight.

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Duke's Nolan Smith drives around Bradley's Walt Lemon and ends the game with 10 assists. (AP)
Duke's Nolan Smith drives around Bradley's Walt Lemon and ends the game with 10 assists. (AP)
Scoreboard
Bradley (4-5)183048
Duke #1 (9-0) «325183
BRAD:W. Lemon 14 Pts
BRAD:D. Dunson 6 Reb
BRAD:D. Dunson 3 Ast
DUKE:A. Dawkins 28 Pts
DUKE:M. Plumlee 7 Reb
DUKE:N. Smith 10 Ast

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PLAYERS OF THE GAME
BradleyDuke
BRAD
Walt Lemon
DUKE
Andre Dawkins
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
14402820
Bradley Braves
D. Dunson, G384-140-26318
A. Thompson, C160-40-04000
A. Warren, G343-90-02227
W. Egolf, F-C315-121-251311
J. Prosser, F230-43-46223
W. Lemon, G356-140-041314
J. Eastman, G161-20-05112
M. Knezevic, F41-20-00013
C. Woods, G30-00-00000
S. Maniscalco, GDid Not Play
T. Brown, FDid Not Play
D. Simms-Edwards, GDid Not Play
A. Davis, CDid Not Play
J. Brown, GDid Not Play
A. Ganson, GDid Not Play
Totals 20-614-832101348
 32.8%50.0% 
Duke Blue Devils
A. Dawkins, G3110-170-020028
K. Singler, F305-103-364117
N. Smith, G300-82-441012
M. Plumlee, F271-20-07332
M. Plumlee, F217-70-040314
S. Curry, G263-70-04408
R. Kelly, F162-33-34038
J. Hairston, F112-50-04014
T. Thornton, G80-10-00110
C. Peters, GDid Not Play
K. Irving, GDid Not Play
T. Zafirovski, FDid Not Play
Totals 30-608-1035221383
 50.0%80.0% 
Missouri Valley
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Wichita St.17-130-517
N. Iowa16-231-414
Illinois St.11-722-1362
Indiana St.11-715-16190
Evansville9-924-12119
Loyola-Chi.8-1024-13123
Drake6-129-22269
Missouri St.5-1311-20247
So. Illinois4-1412-21278
Bradley3-159-24288

ACC
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Virginia16-230-47
Duke15-335-46
Notre Dame14-432-616
Louisville12-627-921
N. Carolina11-726-1211
Miami (Fla.)10-825-1365
NC State10-822-1439
Syracuse9-918-1369
Pittsburgh8-1019-1576
Clemson8-1016-15106
Florida St.8-1017-16110
Wake Forest5-1313-19150
Boston College4-1413-19165
Georgia Tech3-1512-19153
Va. Tech2-1611-22228
 
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NOVA 65 Final
Penn 53
Del St 42 Final
PITT 70
Minn 83 Final
St Joe's 73
San Fran 35 Final
Louisville 61
BYU 86 Final
UVM 58
Frl Dksn 54 Final
UConn 78
OAK 63 Final
Illinois 74
VAN 82 Final
Missouri 85
ND 58 Final
Kentucky 72
Boise St 72 Final
UNLV 75
SDSU 77 Final
California 57