by Will Ojanen
Posted: 4/22/2012 6:55:57 PM
Before the season finale at home against UNC, Duke looked like a team that was a lock for the Sweet Sixteen. They were 26-4, and with a win, would have won the ACC yet again. But the Blue Devils were blown out, and struggled through the ACC Tournament, losing in the second round of the tournament to Florida State, then suffering one of the worst losses in recent memory in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to Lehigh. Before that, the biggest news of the season was Mike Krzyzewski becoming the all time leader in wins in NCAA men's history. Overall, Duke was 27-7, finishing second in the ACC.
The Blue Devils were very dependent on three point shooting, shooting over 700 threes on the season, converting on 37% of them. The team was consistent in shooting threes, with six players shooting at least 35% from threes. Sometimes it worked, and sometimes it really hurt them.
Who Stood Out: Mason Plumlee wasn't a big time scorer, but he did average 11 points per game, to go along with nine rebounds and nearly two blocks per game. He was also second on the team in field goal shooting.
Looking Ahead:This offseason has gotten very interesting. Austin Rivers left to go pro, Michael Gbinije is reportedly transferring, and Andre Dawkins could sit out next season. Miles Plumlee also graduated. The only freshman coming in this year is Rasheed Sulaimon.
Early Prediction: The biggest question for me going in to next season is depth in the back court. Seth Curry will be one of the team's leading scorers, but I don't trust anyone else to score from the back court, especially if Andre Dawkins does sit out. If they can find that person, they will be in contention for the ACC title. If not, then they will be a second tier ACC team next season.
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