DURHAM, N.C. -- The difference in the mood surrounding Duke's basketball team late Wednesday night and Saturday afternoon would make the ebb and flow of the stock market appear like a straight line.
The top-ranked Blue Devils were reeling after a 27-point loss at Miami that seemingly exposed every one of their weaknesses. But on Saturday, Duke responded like you would expect from Duke in dispatching a solid Maryland club, 84-64.
The 47-point swing in final margins doesn't come close to the emotional range the team has experienced.
"Very different, two different levels, totally different," senior Seth Curry said, almost at a loss for words. "When you get a big win and a big loss, it's going to change your morale just like that."
And when a team does it being led by freshmen who either haven't produced much of late (Rasheed Sulaimon) or weren't even factors in the rotation (Amile Jefferson) until a few weeks ago, it can only be viewed as a major sign of growth.
"They gave us a...