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. "We've had to change direction...