The short, precise answer to that question is, home. The Duke Blue Devils fell to the Louisville Cardinals in the Elite 8 portion of the NCAA Tournament program. The game itself has been widely overshadowed by the horrific Kevin Ware injury. However, it still means that Duke is going home to watch the rest of the big dance.
Duke is going to lose some pivotal players to this year’s team. Seth Curry, Ryan Kelly and Mason Plumlee are all set to graduate and do their best impersonations of professional basketball players. Mike Krzyzewski, however, has not been known to let a little thing like player departures do anything to hurt his basketball program.
The ACC is going to welcome a few new teams to their conference next season as well. This is going to add some extra difficulty in the already hard travels of the ACC schedule. Duke, who is going to sport a much younger team next year, is going to have to find new ways to navigate that new task that will be set ahead of them.
The season as a whole should not be considered a disappointment for the Blue Devils. While the norm is to expect them to be in the Final Four every year, it is easy to forget that this team’s best players were a transfer, a brother of a former Dukie and a player, when only a freshman, was thought to be just some dude on the roster.
Where does the Blue Devils go from here? The same place they go every offseason — into the world of Coach K’s head, where he reinvents the team and the program every year. Where, without exception, they come back every season to be another favorite to go deep in the NCAA Tournament.
Joe is a Senior Writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @JosephNardone