Part of me wants to say the Blue Devils should be concerned about their chances of winning an Atlantic Coast Conference title or making a run at the national championship.
But then I have to remind myself that this game was played on the road, and the way college basketball is this year, the road is where dreams go to die.
The Blue Devils weren’t ready for the explosive game Joe Harris turned in as he lit up the scoreboard for a career-high 36 points.
They apparently weren’t ready to deal with the physical play of the Cavaliers either in a game the Blue Devils trailed in from start to finish.
“It was a very, very physical game and we’re not equipped to that type of game,” Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski said in a post-game press conference. We got knocked back.”
Knocked back and knocked down. The Blue Devils shot a miserable 39.6 percent from the field and were out-rebounded 36-26. You don’t win road games when you get beat on the boards and you have a tough night shooting the basketball.
Yet, it doesn’t mean Duke is a bad team. The Blue Devils joined the ranks of a lot of good teams that have fallen in tough road games this year.
For the Blue Devils, it’s all about how they respond to this loss. If they dwell on it, they are doomed.
If they put it behind them and get themselves ready to play better from here on out, they still have a chance to accomplish quite a bit.
Brian Lester is a college basketball writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @BLester1993.