Duke Beat: Well … That Happened

The Blue Devils had an interesting week last week.

Duke will look to right the ship following a loss at College Park on Saturday.
Duke will look to right the ship following a loss at College Park on Saturday.

First, they were forced to fly up to Boston College on Sunday because of a snowstorm. They barely won that game. Second, they played UNC on Wednesday night and were down two-thirds of the game before finally settling down and pulling out the win. Then Saturday they went to Maryland for quite possibly their final trip ever (at least with Maryland in the ACC) and lost by two.

Mason Plumlee had quite possibly his worst game of the season when he finished with more fouls (5) than points (4). He spent large portions of the second half on the bench because he was not producing the way Coach Krzyzewski and his team need him to. When Josh Hairston out performs you, you’ve had a bad day.

Mason has a chance to bounce back against a Virginia Tech team on Thursday which has lost eight straight. Blacksburg has always been a difficult place to play for Duke. Games you think Duke should walk away with there often turn into nail biters or losses. In their loss against UNC, Virginia Tech gave up 22 points and 10 rebounds to James Michael McAdoo. I could see Mason having a similar game if his head is in it, which I’m sure it will be. Coach K will see to that.

On Sunday Duke gets a rematch with Boston College at Cameron. The Eagles are coming off a big home win over Maryland…yes, the same Terps that beat Duke last Saturday. Duke will have their hands full again with Ryan Anderson but they should have no problem dispatching of the Eagles.

I believe Duke gets back to their winning ways with double digit wins over both Virginia Tech and Boston College. It will be interesting to see if Ryan Kelly will make his return next week. I know they want him to have a few games in the regular season to be ready for ACC and NCAA Tournaments. They could definitely use him starting next week on the road against Virginia and then home against Miami. The White Raven watch continues…

Chris Summerville is originally from Indian Trail, NC and currently resides in Monroe, NC.  He has been a lifetime Duke fan and knows exactly what he was doing when Christian Laettner crushed the hopes and dreams of Kentucky fans (and Aminu Timberlake’s intestines).  Chris graduated from UNC Asheville in 2003 with a degree in Multimedia Arts & Sciences.  By day he is Creative Director for one of the major billiard companies in the US.  By night he prowls the interwebs as the Duke of Hoops.  Chris can often be found on Twitter arguing with UNC fans.

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