The Blue Devils expressed more concern than elation after a draining stretch of the schedule.
Unable to fully figure out how to finish games strong is perhaps the biggest sticking point for Duke.
"We have to be able to put teams away," forward Mason Plumlee said. "We aren't going to be a really good team until we start doing that."
A 22-point lead dwindled against St. John's before the Blue Devils steadied enough to claim an 83-76 victory. But heading into the middle stretch of the ACC schedule, Duke is expecting more.
"If we're not playing good offense right now, our defense struggles," forward Ryan Kelly said. "That's not how it can be to beat really good teams."
Duke played three games in eight days and the Blue Devils seemed taxed by the end of that stretch. When they resume play at Virginia Tech on Thursday night, it will start a span of three games in seven days that concludes with a Feb. 8 visit to North Carolina.
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