If the 2017 March Madness will be anything like it was during the season, there will be many underdogs advancing and some buzzer beaters, particularly from Oregon standout Dillon Brooks. With only a few games left for college basketball teams before the conference playoffs, those who know they will be in the Big Dance will try to sharpen any issues they might have, while others will try to win out to make March Madness.
One team that is for sure going to March Madness is Duke, but how they will pan out is uncertain. There have been times when, as a fan and player, you say a win is a win, and at others, you think that they can’t be stopped with the pure shooting ability of Grayson Allen and Luke Kennard. With only two games of the regular season left for the Duke Blue Devils, they stand at 22-7, 10-6 in the ACC. Having lost the last two games to Syracuse and Miami (FL), Duke will have to get more consistent shooting the ball, while continuing to create tough shots for opponents.
There was so much hype going into the season about Duke practically being unstoppable with the three freshman, Jayson Tatum, Harry Giles, and Marques Bolden, coming in and combining them with Allen and Kennard. The three freshman, being forwards and centers, could learn from Amile Jefferson, a fifth-year senior. As the season was about to start, it was then understood that none of the freshman would play because of injuries. Duke did a good job holding off opponents until they returned, but when the start of ACC play began, Duke was weeks behind other teams due to lost practice time.
Combining soreness and the slow understanding of the game for the young freshman and the storyline of Grayson Allen and his tripping problem, Duke Basketball took a hit by losing focus on pure basketball. Then, Tatum began to show his raw talent and Allen’s mind clicked in the right direction and showed his ability to be one the best college basketball players. Kennard was shooting lights out and young freshman, Frank Jackson, was coming off the bench with quality points and great hustle. These positives resulted in a seven game ACC winning streak before losing the last two.
Duke Basketball has been in a roller coaster year, but with the four young freshman emerging to help Allen and Kennard, Duke should be able to make a run in the ACC tournament, especially with the amount of upsets there have been this year, as they head into March Madness, knowing just win one game at a time.
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