After losing four of five in mid-late January, the Duke Blue Devils have won three straight games, with the most recent win coming over Louisville on Monday night. Duke led 35-24 at halftime and held on to beat No. 13 Louisville, 72-65, at Cameron Indoor Stadium to improve to 18-6 on the season.
“Overall, it was a great game,” Duke guard Luke Kennard said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “We played well down the stretch. The first half we played well. We had a little bit of adversity throughout the second half, but we battled through it, fought together as a team and it was just a great overall win for us.”
Grayson Allen finished with a game-high 19 points, while Brandon Ingram had 18 points, 10 rebounds and four assists.
“They played amazing,” Kennard said. “We have a lot of playmakers on the team, a lot of great talent. When we’re all bought into the game and we’re playing hard together, we can be a dangerous team.”
The Blue Devils had dropped four of five entering the month of February but have since beaten Georgia Tech, NC State and Louisville. Monday marked Duke’s first win over a ranked team this season.
“We’ve had three big wins the past three games,” Kennard said. “We’re battling back from some tough losses. We’re growing up as a team. These past three wins are huge for us. Tonight was probably one of the biggest wins of the season. We’re just looking forward to the next couple games. We have some tough teams that we’re about to battle against. We’re growing as a team and we’re excited for what we’ve done.”
Kennard, who scored 11 against Louisville, has provided pivotal scoring off the bench. He had 26 in Saturday’s 88-80 win over NC State and 30 in a 95-91 loss to Notre Dame on Jan. 16.
“Guys found me when I was open and I knocked down a few shots,” Kennard said. “We’re just looking forward to the next couple games. It’ll be good for us.”
The Blue Devils play top-15 teams in each of their next three games: they host No. 7 Virginia (19-4, 8-3) this Saturday, play at No. 9 North Carolina (19-4, 8-2) on Feb. 17 and have a rematch at No. 13 Louisville (19-5, 8-3) on Feb. 20.
“The preparation starts now,” Kennard said. “We’re really looking forward to it.”