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"Ryan Kelly is now doing individual workouts, according to the Duke staff, but not contact drills. There is growing optimism that Kelly will return before the end of the regular season. Duke has a monster week with games at Virginia and hosting Miami, giving the Blue Devils a legitimate shot to still catch the first-place Hurricanes, whom they trail by two games. But that isn't the real issue here. If Kelly comes back for the ACC tournament and the NCAA tournament and is at least somewhat effective in creating attention for the defense and take some pressure off Mason Plumlee then the Blue Devils have to be considered one of the contenders for the national title."