John Calipari

College basketball: No. 1 Duke has less-than-impressive victory over Southern

College basketball: No. 1 Duke has less-than-impressive victory over Southern

No. 1 Duke proved this week it’s talented enough to beat the best team on its schedule — but not so dominant that it can take one of the worst for granted.

The Blue Devils beat visiting Southern 78-61 on Friday night behind 20 points and 11 rebounds from Wendell Carter Jr.

“We just didn’t come ready to play,” Carter said.

Marvin Bagley III contributed 19 points and 11 rebounds while Grayson Allen and Trevon Duval finished with 10 points apiece for the Blue Devils (4-0).

Coming off a victory over No. 2 Michigan State, Duke had a season-high 15 turnovers and shot just four of 20 from three-point range.

Gary Trent Jr. had 10 rebounds but made only three of 11...

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