Originally written on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 5/4/15
This past week the Duke Blue Devils didn’t play a game, but will this help or hurt them going forward?  Their next game is not until December 16th.  That will be thirteen days apart from their last game.  This is a long break for any team, but this could benefit them in the long run. Duke was just starting to play better.  Their last game was against a good Michigan team, and they showed us what kind of team they can be.  The layoff from games might hurt them, and set them back a step.  It took them awhile to learn how to play together this season.  They lost three really good players, and had to replace them with players who didn’t get major minutes for them last season.  Their best player is a freshman who hasn’t looked like a freshman.  Jabari Parker has been a bright spot this entire season, but it took everyone else a few games to learn how to play with him.  The players being able to play with him after this long break will be a challenge for this Blue Devils team, but the extra time off and practices can also help them.  They have thirteen days off between games which will help them get some rest, and also help them want to play again. The extra practices could help this team immensely; they have started to play better but still are not up to their potential.  They are still looking to bring Rasheed Sulaimon back to playing his game.  These practices could be the best for Sulaimon, hopefully getting him back to the basics, and finding new ways from him to contribute in the games.  It can also make him miss the games, and help him miss the game situations.  This will hopefully help him be that third scoring threat the team could really use. The other bad thing that could come from this is hurting Marshall Plumlee’s and Andre Dawkins confidence.  They both played really well against Michigan, and this time off won’t help either of them.  They probably wanted to get back to a game situation as soon as possible to show that they have improved, and it wasn’t just that one game. The break should be a beneficial one for the Blue Devils, and get some of their struggling players some time to regroup and find their game again.  It will get them wanting to play, and playing Gardner Webb in their first game back should only help.  It should be an easy win, and getting Sulaimon some minutes can only help going forward.  The only thing they will have to be worried about is making sure Plumlee can continue to play at a high level.
PLAYERS: Jabari Parker
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Jameis Winston has ‘no baseball’ clause in Bucs contract

Irvin on Seahawks not picking up option: ‘F— that option’

Brandon Prust rips referee, accuses him of on-ice trash talk

LeBron James ditched headband to look more like teammates

Report: Stephen Curry to be named NBA MVP


Milwaukee Brewers fire manager Ron Roenicke

Drafted player changes Twitter name to ‘Pick 245′

Chip Kelly: Tim Tebow is here to compete for a job

Report: Nigel Williams-Goss transferring to Gonzaga

Philly store offering Eagles 'jersey insurance'

Chris Paul listed as questionable for Game 1 vs. Rockets

Early 2016 NFL Draft prospect rankings

Life without Love: The new-look Cavaliers

Wizards deserve credit for win, but don't read too much into it

Here's why Mayweather-Pacquiao was business as usual

Floyd Mayweather Punch Out mock video game is great

WATCH: Tony Allen walks through children performing, gets booed

Lindsey Vonn and Tiger Woods have broken up

WATCH: Two games end with baserunners hit by batted balls

WATCH: Damian Lilliard delivers great graduation speech

Jets do not envision Bryce Petty starting in 2015

Clippers beat Spurs on Chris Paul shot in Game 7

Jimmy Kimmel's Manny Pacquiao T-shirt goes viral

Blue Devils News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Life without Love: The new-look Cavs

Drafted player changes Twitter name to ‘Pick 245′

Floyd Mayweather Punch Out mock video game is great

Report: Steph Curry to be NBA MVP

Kelly: Tebow here to compete for job

Tony Allen booed for being rude?

Lindsey Vonn, Tiger Woods break up

Pacquiao fought with injured shoulder?

Winners and losers from the NFL draft

Report: Zac Stacy traded to Jets

Hardy apologizes for joke about 9/11

Jerry Jones sends letter to Pacquiao

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.