Duke Bedevils Wisconsin

Rout the big guys with decisive first half
By Lev Weinstein,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 28, 2007 12:46 AM CST
Duke's Greg Paulus reacts after a 3-point basket against Wisconsin during the first half of a basketball game in Durham, N.C., Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2007. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Despite a significant size advantage, No.20 Wisconsin stood no chance against a ferocious Duke attack last night, led by Greg Paulus' 18 points. The No.7 Blue Devils won in an 82-58 blowout at Cameron Indoor Stadium in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, the AP reports. Duke played Wisconsin evenly off the glass, and with an overwhelming first half, including a 19-7 run, the game became a rout early.

Dukes' freshmen played a pivotal role, with Taylor King putting up 15 points, and Kyle Singler added 13. The loss puts the Badgers at 5-1, the first time since the '96-'97 campaign they have failed to start 6-0. Duke improved to 7-0 with the victory, winning their 55th straight non-conference home game. Thirteen of Paulus' 18 points came in the first half.