2013 NCAA Tournament: Can Duke Blue Devils' Stars Continue To Shine In Sweet 16?

By Trevor Lowry
Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The No. 2 Duke Blue devils have a couple of stars on their team. You may have heard of them: Seth Curry, Mason Plumlee and heck, let’s go ahead and throw Ryan Kelly into the mix. Well, can those three players continue to shine for Duke in the Sweet 16 when the team takes on the No. 3 Michigan State Spartans?

It is definitely possible for all three of those seniors to have a big game against Michigan State, but it is not likely. So far in the 2013 NCAA Tournament, Curry and Plumlee have been the ones shining out of the three. That will likely be the case against Michigan State. If Kelly decides to step up his game a notch–like it is his choice to have a big game–Duke will easily win this one.

Plumlee is averaging 16.5 points per game in two tournament games, Curry is averaging 21.5 points per game and Kelly is averaging just 4.5 points per game.

As you can see, Kelly is not having the most impressive offensive production in this year’s dance. He is averaging 13.3 points per game on the year. While these aren’t the only good players on the Blue Devils, since the team does have five players averaging 10 or more points per game, they are definitely considered the leaders and stars of this team.

Michigan State plays very good defense, so it will be tough on all three players when it comes to scoring the basketball. However, Curry just dropped 26 points last game and he will likely have another big game against the Spartans. As always, Plumlee will likely play a big role in the rebounding department and I think he will continue to be very productive on offense, like he has been the entire season. As for Kelly, he will definitely score more than 4.5 points, but who knows if he will go off for a big game.

However, if two out of these three players play well, Duke will advance to the Elite Eight.


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