No. 3 Duke rebounded Tuesday night in his first loss of the season, sending Indiana 90-69 to the ACC / Big Ten Challenge.
The performance of Blue Devils star Zion Williamson, as we expected in the first three weeks of the season, was just as dazzling as Duke's dazzling victory. Williamson was virtually flawless in virtually every facet of the Hoosiers game, finishing with 25 points on 11 out of 15 shots, a top on the team. He added six rebounds, four assists, two blocks and two interceptions in a giant statistics line that earned Duke his fifth double-digit win of the season.
Williamson scored 14 of his points via the easiest shot of basketball, which seems to be especially easy when you measure 6 feet 8 inches with a hops that a kangaroo can only dream of owning.
And by the way, Duke did everything without his full arsenal in the second half after his top scorer, RJ Barrett, was dropped after just 28 minutes of action. Barrett scored 22 points and nine rebounds, a team-high. Cameron Reddish, third-overall pick for the NBA 2019 draft with Williamson and Barrett, recorded 13 points in 22 minutes.
On the other side of the field, Indiana did not do anything special. The Hoosiers returned the ball more than 20 times, committed an awkward offensive exacerbated against Duke's length and athleticism, and shot 39% of the ground (including an even more deplorable 5 of 16 from the 3-point line).
Williamson himself made more dunks (seven) than IU did 3 points!
Indiana's choice of lottery, Romeo Langford, paved the way for the Hoosiers with 13 points in the evening, but he collected seven from the charities. He went just 3 of 15 from the floor and 0 of 4 from the 3-point line.
A victory for IU against this team from Duke could have been decisive, but not lost for the Hoosiers. They move to 5-2 this season and have opportunities against Northwestern, Penn State, Louisville and Butler in the coming weeks before the championship game to boost their non-conference resume. With Juwan Morgan and Langford, they are ready to bounce back. Heck, they were not even supposed to win in the first place.
Meanwhile, Duke should be able to use that win to start a new winning streak with a four-game home match consisting of Stetson, Hartford, Yale and Princeton. This is not a particularly remarkable victory to oust Indiana, but to do so after a defeat defeated against Gonzaga of Maui, allows us to take a look at the determination of the championship title that owns the team .