Jan. 28 (UPI) — The No. 2 Duke Blue Devils (17-2, 6-1 ACC) travel to Notre Dame for a Monday night matchup from the Battling Irish at the Purcell Pavilion in South Bend, Ind.
Blue Devils freshman place guard Tre Jones returned from a 3-recreation absence Saturday from Ga Tech. Jones skipped pretty much two months with a divided shoulder.
Jones supplied a improve to Duke’s backcourt in the team’s 66-53 gain above the Yellow Jackets. He played 35 minutes and experienced six factors, four assists and four rebounds in his return.
Aside from his offensive ability established, Jones’ finest contribution arrives from his defensive ability, which enables the Blue Devils to use a lot more complete-court pressure.
“He felt definitely very good immediately after the recreation,” Duke head mentor Mike Krzyzewski instructed reporters about Jones. “When you are apart for a couple of months or 3 games, it’s not like you occur again with each other and it’s [clicking] like that.”
Blue Devils forward RJ Barrett gained some of the ball-dealing with obligations when Jones skipped time, but never experienced a dip in his scoring regular. Barrett scored 24 factors from the Yellow Jackets and has 16 games with 20 or a lot more factors this season.
Duke freshman phenom Zion Williamson couples with Barrett to variety the ACC’s major-scoring duo. Barrett ranks to start with with 23.9 factors for each recreation, and Williamson sits in next with 21.7 factors. Williamson has at least 9 industry goals manufactured in four straight games.
Big Monday in South Bend.
— Duke Basketball (@DukeMBB) January 28, 2019
Junior forward John Mooney paces Notre Dame (11-9, 1-6 ACC) with six straight double-doubles. He experienced 15 factors and 10 rebounds from No. 3 Virginia for his ACC-greatest 12th double-double of the calendar year.
Duke’s 66 factors from Ga Tech marked the school’s lowest place total of the season. The Battling Irish lost 82-55 to Virginia in their previous contest Saturday. It was Notre Dame’s fourth consecutive loss.