Monday, January 17, 2011

Plumlee hitting boards for Duke

Mason Plumlee's recent rebounding surge has earned him high praise from Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski.

Plumlee, a sophomore center, tied his career high Wednesday with 14 rebounds at Florida State, then set a new career best with 16 rebounds Saturday against Virginia.

Duke hadn't had a player grab 16 or more rebounds since Brian Zoubek had 16 on Feb. 21, 2010 against Virginia Tech.

"Honestly, in the last two ballgames his rebounding has been sensational," Krzyzewski said of Plumlee on today's ACC teleconference call with reporters.

Krzyzewski also said Plumlee's scoring output will improve as he becomes more accustomed to the physicality of play in the ACC. He was held to five points Saturday by Virginia on 2-for-5 from the field.

"He just has to finish," Krzyzewski said.

Ken Tysiac


Anonymous said...

Plumlee is an albatross

The Lucid Dreamer said...

I loveee Mason Plumlee! He is very good for being one of the younger players on Duke. And he is really cute:)

Anonymous said...

Clearly he is trying to psyche up his player, because he has played badly, as has the entire team over the last 5-6 games. Sure he's rebounding more - there are so many more misses to rebound. Shooting less than 40% will do that. K is in survival mode and realizes that "losing" a key player at this time will be devastating. It's just a mind game. Duke gets beat in the paint every game, that's the formula for mediocrity.

Anonymous said...

Clearly. With a meager 6 ppg and 9 rebounds per, and the team continuing to shoot sub-40%, Duke might (gasp!) go 13-3 in the ACC. Apocalypse??