Uncharacteristic performance by Duke

WASHINGTON -- It has literally been decades since Duke has allowed a team to shoot 70 percent from the field -- 1984 to be exact. And the last time Duke was 1-4 on the road? The 2002-2003 season.

If those unflattering numbers don't sound like a team capable of making a run deep into March, that's because Duke didn't look like one on Saturday afternoon.

The Blue Devils faltered on both sides of the ball in their 89-77 loss to Georgetown, and looked rather pedestrian in the process. They turned the ball over 15 times and shot just 37.1 percent from the field. And defense? They left it in Durham.

"They were just sharper than us on both sides of the ball," Kyle Singler said. "They just picked us apart."

Against nonconference opponents, Duke has struggled on the road beyond the cozy confines of Cameron Indoor Stadium. They also struggled on the road against neighboring NC State, playing a similarly poor game on defense in an 88-74 loss.

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said there were no excuses.

"I don't think we made some wise decisions," he said. "... We have to know the game. When a team's playing that well, sometimes they put you in a position where you hurry or scurry and it's not just their defense that does it, but it's just the presence that team has that day that forces you to come out and make quick decisions that are not the appropriate ones. They're real good, and they are very well coached and they just had it on us today."

The problem for Duke, though, is that Georgetown hasn't been the only one.