- Jeff Goodman, ESPN Insider
When you watch this season’s edition of Duke, there are holes. There’s a reason why the Blue Devils are playing fast and applying defensive pressure as much as possible.
Mike Krzyzewski doesn’t have a legitimate big man, and he has a point guard in Quinn Cook who is still somewhat of an enigma.
East Carolina went toe-to-toe with Duke just a week or so ago, and then Vermont came within a questionable call of knocking off the mighty Blue Devils in one of the most hostile environments in the country: Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Despite its limitations, Coach K still has a team that is capable of reaching the Final Four and maybe even cutting down the nets in April at Cowboys Stadium. We saw what the sport’s all-time winningest coach did back in 2010 when Brian Zoubek started in the middle and he was forced to go with a nontraditional floor leader in Jon Scheyer at the point.
It’s all about wings and forwards this season in Durham. Coach K has one of the elite freshmen in America and one of the most skilled scorers in the entire nation in 6-foot-8 forward Jabari Parker. Pair Parker with Mississippi State transfer Rodney Hood and Rasheed Sulaimon, and you’ve got three guys who can also put up 20 points on any given night.
However, this Duke team is flawed.
34dJeff Goodman and Jeff Borzello