March Preview: Duke Blue Devils

Duke is one of the most intriguing teams in the tournament because of their talent on paper. Before the season writers, including CPP’s Brett Siegel, were predicting them to go undefeated. The Blue Devils have had a rollercoaster season to this point with a combination of injuries, suspensions, and coaching absence. There is no doubt that Duke has the most individual talent in the country but they have yet to play to their potential.

Strength: Talent

Finding Duke’s strength was very simple. The Blue Devils have the most talent than any other team in the country. They have All-Americans coming off the bench and some All-Americans don’t have get regular playing time. This Duke team is stacked with talent from guards to wings and down low as well. I am obliged to say that the most talented team does not always win the tournament or even get to the Sweet 16.


Weakness: Point Guard

Coach K opted to “help” 5-star point guard Derryk Thornton transfer after his freshman year to clear the way for this loaded recruiting class. This left a huge hole as Duke does not have a true point guard on the roster. Matt Jones, Greyson Allen, Luke Kennard, and Frank Jackson can all handle the ball but there is no go-to point guard. If Duke needs a bucket or gets disorganized in crunch time this hole will hurt the Blue Devils. On the defensive end this hole was exploited when Dennis Smith came to Cameron Indoor as the uber athletic point guard torched the Blue Devils. An athletic point guard could give Coach K’s squad some trouble.

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