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The Blue Devils kept rolling against Tennessee behind Rivers.

The freshman was out of control at times in the first half, making just 1 of 5 shots from inside the arc. He was good outside the 3-point line, though, hitting 3 of 4, including a pair late in the half that put the Blue Devils up 39-33.

Rivers started to hit a few shots inside the arc in the second half and dropped in another 3 as the Blue Devils stretched a 2-point lead midway through the half up to 13.

“This is our fifth game in about 10 days and he’s learned a lot. He came through,” Krzyzewski said. “He’s not afraid. He’s going to be a terrific player for us.”

While Duke always seems to have talented to new players, about the only thing the same at Tennessee are those bright orange uniforms.

The Vols are under new direction this season after Martin replaced Pearl, who was fired in March after admitting that he lied to NCAA investigators.

Tennessee lost forward Tobias Harris and guard Scotty Hopson to the NBA draft and four other seniors who saw regular playing time, and will rely on five new scholarship players _ not to mention new offensive and defensive schemes.

An annual favorite to win the SEC under Pearl, the Vols were picked 11th out of 12 teams in this year’s preseason media poll.

Martin has tried to retool what Tennessee does, using a basic form of the motion-style offense that helped Missouri State become one of the Missouri Valley Conference’s top scoring teams and a high-pressure defense similar to what Pearl ran during his early tenure in Knoxville.

Long and athletic, the Vols were able to keep up with the big Blue Devils early on, keeping it close despite missing numerous shots at the rim and a few wild ones. Tennessee missed all six of its 3-point attempts in the half on the way to shooting 33 percent, but was still within six.

After Duke’s short run to end the first half, the Vols rallied to tie the game at 45-all early in the second. The Blue Devils made another run and Tennessee answered, pulling within 2 midway through.

Duke again started to pull away and the Vols had no answer this time, headed to the loser’s bracket in their first trip back to Maui since 2004.

“They obviously did a good job on chesting us up, keeping their hands high without fouling,” Maymon said. “We’ve got to focus on finishing more around the basket. That’s mostly on us.”