Washington vs. Duke: Huskies Struggling Defensively At Half Against Blue Devils

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 06: Tony Wroten #14 of the Washington Huskies drives to the basket against the Marquette Golden Eagles during the Jimmy V Men's Basketball Classic at Madison Square Garden on December 6, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

The Huskies face the Blue Devils at Madison Square Garden.

The Washington Huskies are currently locked in with the Duke Blue Devils, who are likely the toughest team UW will face this season. After 20 minutes of play, the Huskies trail 40-26 at Madison Square Garden. The game is being nationally televised on CBS.

Tony Wroten is on his way to the best game of his short career and led the Huskies with nine points in the first half. C.J. Wilcox ended the half with seven points and kept Washington in the game early when other shots were not going down. Aziz N'Diaye has rebounded well against a lanky Duke frontline, hauling in six rebounds thus far.

Duke scored with relative ease in the first half and was led by Andre Dawkins, who had 14 points off the bench. Austin Rivers and Mason Plumlee have score eight a piece, while Ryan Kelly has four points and seven rebounds.

If the Huskies hope to win, they are going to need to make multiple defensive stands in the second half. Simply trying to out run and score Duke is not going to work.

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