Not only did the Duke Blue Devils get the best big man and recruit in the country in Jahlil Okafor and the best point guard and fourth-best player in the country, Tyus Jones today, but they also took the Florida Atlantic Owls to the woodshed at Cameron Indoor.
Coach Mike Krzyzewski has a freshman phenom in Jabari Parker right now and he cannot be more excited to watch Okafor and Jones play in a Duke uniform. It’s a good day to be a “Dukie.”
The Florida Atlantic Owls, let’s face it, had no chance against Duke at home tonight and it showed early. Duke jumped out to an early 32-12 lead and never took their right foot off the gas pedal. Duke ended up winning 97-64. This is one of the best Duke teams in recent years, especially compared to last year; and looking forward, the ACC is going to cringe at the look the Blue Devils give them.
College basketball fans are going to be mad when Parker leaves for the draft this season — only because they will not get to see Okafor, Parker and Jones on the same court at the same time. All three of these players have complementary styles and would fit beautifully together. However, the one-and-done rule is going to diminish watching college basketball, especially from a power-house level. Teams like Duke, North Carolina, Kentucky, Kansas, Ohio State and Louisville are going to start losing players at an even more rapid rate than years past. The NCAA needs to get rid of the one-and-done rule so that we can see all these players on the court at once.
Regardless of the NBA Draft rules for amateurs, the Duke Blue Devils have the most talented team in the ACC this season. However, the ACC is deep with teams like newly-acquired Syracuse in conference. Duke might rely on Parker for its offensive stability, but sophomore Rodney Hood has a multi-faceted game that is fun to watch. Hood finished with 28 points on 8-of-11 shooting and three rebounds.
If the Blue Devils get games like this from Hood, Quinn Cook (eight points, eight assists and six rebounds) and Rasheed Sulaimon (four points, four rebounds), Duke can make yet another Final Four appearance under legendary Coach K.