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Duke will play four games in nine days starting with Saturday’s 8 p.m. game at N.C. State. On Wednesday, Duke heads up to Pittsburgh before returning home to take on Wake Forest next Saturday. It will head back on the road two days later to play at No. 15 Miami to finish the stretch.

Win over FSU showed toughness

Florida State took Duke to the wire in Cameron, but the Blue Devils ultimately prevailed in the biggest home game of the young teams’ careers so far. Duke’s offense continued to roll, putting up over 100 points for the third consecutive home game. It’s just the second time that has happened under Mike Krzyzewski, and the third time in program history.

Jordan Tucker transfers out

Buried on the bench after not adjusting to the college game as well as some of his teammates, Top-100 recruit Jordan Tucker decided to transfer out after just one semester at Duke. There has been a rash of transfers from Duke’s program in recent years as the adjustment to the one-and-done era has resulted in a revolving door of elite talent and has displaced some of the more veteran players on the roster. But this is the first freshman to transfer out without finishing a full year during this time. Tucker waited until the last minute to commit to and sign with Duke, spurning interest from Syracuse and Indiana to play for his childhood favorite Blue Devils. With the amount of talent on this year’s roster and Coach K’s tight rotation, it’s not a surprise someone decided to look elsewhere for playing time. Tucker is a bit surprising, just because of how much he wanted to go to Duke out of high school.

Allen up to No. 22

With 22 points against Florida State, Grayson Allen has moved up to No. 22 on Duke’s career scoring list with 1,668 points, passing Ronnie Mayer’s 1,647 points and Randy Denton’s 1,658 points. Next in his sights are:

17. Nolan Smith, 2008-11 1,911

18. Dick Groat, 1950-52 1,886

19. Jeff Mullins, 1962-64 1,884

20. Bob Verga, 1965-67 1,758

21. Bobby Hurley, 1990-93 1,731

Marvin Bagley makes history

The freshman wunderkind became the first player to put up a game of 30 points and 20 rebounds under Coach K, just 14 games into his college career. Bagley has had some of the most impressive games as a Duke player — not just as a freshman — in the program’s storied history. Saturday’s explosion was just the fourth 30-15 game under Coach K. Bagley has three of those four, with Christian Laettner’s 33-16 game vs Maryland in 1992 as the other. The numbers Bagley is putting up (he’s already had the sixth-most dunks of any player in Duke’s history for a season and it’s not even halfway through the year) are incredible, and it’s pretty amazing to think that he should still be a senior in high school if he hadn’t reclassified up a year this past summer.

Williamson announces decision date

No. 2-ranked overall player Zion Williamson announced on his social media accounts that his college decision would become public on Dec. 20, capping off the highest profile player in the 2018 class’ recruitment. While Clemson and Kentucky are the perceived leaders for Williamson, Duke’s signees (No. 1 overall RJ Barrett, No. 3 Cam Reddish and No. 8 Tre Jones) have made their recruiting pitches to add Williamson to what would be an incredible recruiting haul, even for Duke’s high standards.

Changes coming for football

Now that the 2017 season is officially in the books, David Cutcliffe has some decisions to make. He’ll need to replace offensive line coach Marcus Johnson, who left to take the same position at Mississippi State, and also hire the 10th assistant coach that is now permissible per NCAA rules. Where Cutcliffe decides to go with that 10th hire will be interesting to follow. Special teams/tight ends coach Jim Bridge slid over to manage the offensive line in Johnson’s absence during the Quick Lane Bowl and practices leading up to the game. If he remains as OL coach, Cutcliffe will need to hire a replacement for Bridge and another coach. With the defense taking another big jump this season and all those coaching positions already filled, the expectation is that Cutcliffe will make the tenth hire on the offensive side of the ball.

Adam Rowe covers Duke basketball, football and recruiting for 247Sports.com. Check out more of his work at duke.247sports.com.

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