WASHINGTON -- Only four other times this season has Duke allowed 40 points in a half, and the last time it happened -- against NC State, the Blue Devils lost, 88-74. Duke is struggling on both ends of court, while Georgetown guards Chris Wright and Austin Freeman have combined to make 11 of 12 field goals.
Part of the problem for Duke is that leading scorer Nolan Smith -- who has scored at least 20 points in seven of the past 11 games -- was held without a field goal. Credit the Hoyas' defense for much of Duke's struggles offensively. Georgetown is shooting 77.3 percent from the floor compared to Duke's 33.3 percent.
Georgetown has the momentum at the break, but both teams will need to stay out of foul trouble in the second half. One thing that could hurt both programs come March is their lack of depth, and this is why. Hollis Thompson already has three fouls for Georgetown, and together Duke's Plumlee brothers have combined to foul out.