Two freshmen seem to be figuring things out at the right time for No. 5 Duke.
Guard Rasheed Sulaimon has rediscovered his shooting touch after a brief slump. And now that he's a starter, forward Amile Jefferson is doing all the little things that have been asked of him.
With the rookie tandem contributing more, the new-look Blue Devils (17-2, 4-2 ACC) hope they can keep moving forward in Ryan Kelly's indefinite, injury-related absence that Sulaimon says ''changed everyone's game.''
Sulaimon is replacing Kelly's perimeter shooting and in the process, giving opponents someone else to worry about besides big man Mason Plumlee and guard Seth Curry. Sulaimon is coming off a season-best 25-point performance against Maryland in which he tied the school's freshman record with six 3-pointers.
In the four full games since Kelly was hurt, Jefferson's playing time increased from roughly 9 minutes per game to 22. His scoring average has more than tripled to 10 points per game and his rebound...