Scheyer stepping up, Duke's flexibility paying off, plus more
NEW YORK --
Scheyer played his standard, tidy game against the Zags, scoring 20 points while dishing out eight assists against just two turnovers -- and his season assist-to-turnover ratio actually
Scheyer, who came to Duke four years ago as a shooting guard, and shares the team's ball-handling duties with another capable scorer, junior
He's not Williams, a Wooden and Naismith winner. Scheyer probably won't match Duhon's NBA career, but Duhon's senior-year averages were 10.0 points and 6.1 assists, and Scheyer's are currently 18.2 and 5.9, so at the college level, he's being more effective. And Paulus ... well ... his assist-to-turnover ratios in four campaigns as a Blue Devils point guard were 1.6, 1.2, 2.0 and 1.7.
Scheyer is the steadying influence at the point that Duke had long lacked, and he has legitimate offensive skills to go with his risk-free style as a distributor. After scoring 36 points (on 11-of-13 shooting) in the previous game against Gardner-Webb, his offensive rating of 147.9 coming into Saturday was -- just like his assist-to- turnover ratio -- ranked third-best in the nation. Kentucky point guard
"Jon does everything for our team," said Duke assistant coach
That's how it worked out on Saturday: Singler scored nine points (and just two in the first half) but the Blue Devils still ran away with the game.
Duke's defense certainly deserves some credit for what happened to the Zags on Saturday; Smith and Singler paired up to lock down senior guard
With Bouldin at full strength and freshman