Already without one key player, Duke is confident another one can play through his injury when it tries to bounce back from its first loss.
The third-ranked Blue Devils expect guard Seth Curry to play Thursday night when they look to get back on track and continue their dominance over visiting Georgia Tech, the only ACC team without a league win.
Playing its first game minus 6-foot-11 senior Ryan Kelly (13.4 points, 5.4 rebounds per game), who is out indefinitely with a foot injury, Duke lost 84-76 at then-No. 20 North Carolina State on Saturday. While the defeat dropped the Blue Devils (15-1, 2-1) from the No. 1 spot in the AP poll, they hope it didn't leave them further short-handed after Curry missed the final minutes with a left ankle sprain.
"It's not a juggernaut and has not been," coach Mike Krzyzewski told Duke's official website about his team. "Hopefully we can keep the ship afloat and traveling in the right direction."
Krzyzewski would like to have Curry steering that...