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DURHAM, NC --- One man's misfortune is often another man's opportunity.
That goes for Duke freshman forward Amile Jefferson, who is suddenly a vital component of what No. 3 Duke is trying to achieve. And he's responding pretty well.
Losing senior and third-leading scorer Ryan Kelly last week for perhaps the rest of the regular season has forced the Blue Devils to change.
Kelly is a true stretch-four - a long forward capable of playing comfortably on the perimeter that could also take his man off the dribble. He can defend anywhere, and is crucial defending in the open court.
Jefferson doesn't have those same strengths, so instead of running four players on the perimeter to open space for 6-foot-11 center Mason Plumlee down low, and keeping sharpshooting senior Seth Curry and his bum right leg in manageable situations, Duke had to run a lot more set plays versus Georgia Tech on Thursday night at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
"It's tough," Curry said. ...
BEST OF MAXIM
It was pretty evident from the first half in Duke’s victory over Georgia Tech that the Blue Devils still miss Ryan Kelly very much, but that’s life.
Duke is still trying to get a handle on things in the absence of Ryan Kelly.
There is nothing that Duke can do at this point with Kelly other than hope he gets better but they can’t just stay in a holding pattern as a team...
Time to kick off the full scouting reports for the 2013 NBA Draft, starting with the seniors first. Leading off is a National Player of the Year candidate, a former National Champion, and one of the best big men in the country - Duke's Mason Plumlee.
Name: Mason Plumlee Age: 22 School: Duke
Height: 6’10 Weight...
Duke used a 12-0 run at the start of the second half to hold off Georgia Tech 73 to -57 to help the Blue Devils avoid a second straight loss.
With the win the No. 3 Blue Devils improved their record to 16-1 (3-1 ACC). It was Duke’s second game since losing Ryan Kelly for an indefinite amount of time and for a good time against the Yellow Jackets it looked as if they some how...
Last night, Duke defeated Georgia Tech 73-57, but the 16 point win wasn't decided until the second half. At halftime, Georgia Tech led Duke by 1 point. The Yellow Jackets were controlling the boards and forced Duke into 2 point shots and the Blue Devils struggled. The Duke defense forced enough turnovers to keep them in the game though. In the second half, Duke started...