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The Blue Devils didn’t need much from their senior co-captain in their opener, when he scored nine points in the 42-point romp against Hampton.

But he seemed to put the Michigan game away by scoring 10 straight points as part of a 19-6 run that put Duke up by 15. The highlight came when he hit the brakes in transition, sending defender Tim Hardaway Jr. to the ground as he pulled up for a pretty jumper.

“I was watching a great player at work,” Irving said of Smith. “I was running up and down the court watching Nolan be Nolan. When Nolan’s rolling, you just watch.”

Smith finished with 24 points, but his missed free throw with 8.7 seconds gave the Wolverines a chance to force overtime. When Darius Morris missed a runner in the lane, Smith grabbed the rebound to seal the win.

“The switch that I flipped (against Michigan) was I don’t want to take this Duke jersey off,” Smith said. “It’s as simple as that.”