Maryland isnt as bad as its looked in some ACC games and Duke isnt as bad as it was in getting blown out by 27 points at Miami on Wednesday night. But the Terrapins may actually be trending up while Duke is swirling downward, trying to figure itself out without Ryan Kelly.
Duke has not played all that well since Kelly went down with an injury late in the first half of a win over Clemson two weeks ago. Coach Mike Krzyzewski first tried junior forward Josh Hairston as Kellys replacement, but that didnt work at all. Freshman Amile Jefferson is a nice component, but his weaknesses prevent Duke from finding any semblance of the comfort zone it played with when Kelly was available.
On Wednesday, redshirt freshman Alex Murphy did some nice things but hes not yet the answer, either. So as Duke has tried to tweak things, the degree of discomfort has significant.
The problem now facing Duke (16-2, 3-2) on offense is that it has just two scorers, and one of them, Seth Curry, practices onc...