Coach K & The Blue Devils are No. 1
December 17, 2012
After Indiana’s OT loss the Butler, Duke has taken over as the #1 team in the nation. After 3 wins against top 5 opponents in a 16 day span, they sure deserve it. Coach K isn’t a stranger to having the top ranked team in college basketball. During his 33 years of coaching, his teams have been ranked #1 more games (209) than they have been unranked (141).
Unlike teams like Kentucky, who are full of kids fresh out of high school, Duke is anchored by their 3 seniors: Mason Plumlee, Seth Curry, and Ryan Kelly. With their stellar upperclassmen and standout freshman PG Rasheed Sulaimon, even against stiff competition Duke has found ways to win. They beat then ranked #3 Kentucky, and #2 Louisville on neutral sites, and #4 Ohio State at home.
Despite their hot start, I wouldn’t be ready to crown this Duke team National Champions just yet. With 3 players on the team that are 6’10 or taller, you’d think that Duke would be a good rebounding team, but they rank 170th in the country in rebounds at 35.6 pg. That’s not going to get it done come tournament time. The Blue Devils are also not a deep team, after the starting 5 they don’t have any scoring threats.
The ACC is having a down year, so expect Duke to win a lot of games in conference. Give Duke credit though, they have played great basketball thus far. But if Coach K is going to capture his 2 title in 3 years, his team has some work to do…