Duke leads 9-7 in the series with Pittsburgh, including a 3-1 mark since the Panthers joined the ACC.
Duke's Marvin Bagley III, the preseason ACC Rookie of the year, scored 16 points to lead the Blue Devils, but it was a team effort, as Gary Trent (14), Trevon Duval (14), Grayson Allen (11) Justin Robinson (10) and Wendell Carter, Jr.
"We've been practicing like insane trying to get better", Krzyzewski said. After the first half, Pitt was shooting 37.5 percent from the floor and scored only 24 points. "Things that we do well that they might not do as well, ways we can have an impact on the game". "And we were better tonight".
Amusing thing, though. While Duke (13-2, 1-2 ACC) brings its national reputation to the Pete, it also brings problems Krzyzewski has been trying to fix since its first ACC game December 9, an 89-84 loss at Boston College. Pitt (8-8, 0-3) has lost three conference games in the past 12 days by an average margin of 18 points.
Duke has two signees in the top three of the 2018 class rankings, and they're both going to be playing on the ESPN family of networks this weekend. Bagley then responded with a dunk and hook shot and the competitive portion of the game was effectively over.
"We just didn't have enough answers tonight", Pittsburgh coach Kevin Stallings said.
After being blown out in the first half, Pittsburgh put up a fight in the second half and managed to cut the lead to 17.
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Duke starts mostly freshmen too, but its freshmen were among the best in the country coming out of high school. The Blue Devils gave up 44 points in the paint to a less talented Wolfpack team, as Bagley and Carter struggled to stop pick and rolls and transition buckets.
"He has to hunt his shot", Krzyzewski said.
Duke: The blowout gave the Blue Devils a chance to get well defensively while also providing Krzyzewski an opportunity to give his thin bench plenty of run.
"Our subs came in and looked like they were starters", Allen said.
Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said he liked his team's intensity on defense and how they sustained it the entire game.
Pitt: A long season figures to get even longer with senior forward Ryan Luther still in a walking boot and his return uncertain. Stallings said the prognosis for Luther is "not great". The Blue Devils have won each of the last six meetings with the Demon Deacons.
They're trying to show improvement on the defensive end when they take on host Pittsburgh on Wednesday night (7 p.m., ESPN2, 620 AM The Buzz). The Panthers are 4-1 against the Yellow Jackets since joining the ACC in 2013.