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Wednesday, December 01, 2004

Duke 81, Michigan St. 74

Durham Herald-Sun coverage

This was the type of game that frustrated Duke haters all last season. Opponents would get within striking distance, then Daniel Ewing would nail a big 3-pointer to put the game out of reach.

Relying on Ewing and J.J. Redick got Duke pretty far last year. But not far enough.

In his post-game radio comments, Mike Krzyzewski cited his team's conditioning as a factor. K made sure he got his team in "game shape" by making sure they played significant minutes even in early-season blowout victories.

"They're in really good shape," K said about Michigan State. "But we're in better shape."