The Duke Blue Devils are off to a hot start in the 2012-2013 college basketball season. Duke recently just took home the Battle 4 Atlantis championship, by far the most difficult preseason tournament to win.
The Blue Devils have won their first 6 games of the season, including to victories over top 5 teams. In the Battle 4 Atlantis championship, the Blue Devils took down the No. 2 Louisville Cardinals and in Atlanta, Duke was able to defeat the defending national champions and at the time No. 3 ranked Kentucky Wildcats.
No team has even come close to playing as difficult a schedule as Duke has. With two wins over top 5 teams and another 2 wins against solid un-ranked teams in Minnesota and Virginia Commonwealth, Duke already has 4 quality wins.
Mason Plumlee has been the most impressive player in the country so far and has led the Blue Devils in all of their games. The senior forward is averaging 20 points and 10 rebounds this season and has just dominated all aspects of the game.
In order for Duke to be successful this year, Duke knew Plumlee would have to be a leader. So far Plumlee has been the leader he needs to be and with it Duke is off to the best start in the country.
All 5 of the Blue Devils starters are averging double digit points. This is a recipe for success. It shows that you have to guard everyone on the court and that they share the wealth on offense.
Seniors Ryan Kelly and Seth Curry use their experience to take over late in games after freshman star Rasheed Sulaimon and sophomore point guard Quinn Cook get going early. Cook, last year was a question mark for the Blue Devils at the point, but this year he has improved greatly and with that he is allowing his team to be successful.
This Blue Devil team doesn’t really have any question marks this year. They can shoot the 3 like always, they can rebound, they can score inside, they can pass, and most importantly play defense.
Duke is one team you don’t want to see on your schedule right now.
They look to continue their success by playing another top 5 team in the country on Wednesday. The Blue Devils will face No. 3 Ohio State at home.
Duke is currently ranked No. 5 in the country, but look for them to jump up to at least No. 2, if not No. 1 as they have dominated their difficult schedule so far this season.