The mystique of Cameron Indoor Stadium is as real as they say it is. Duke is currently undefeated when playing there this season. Playing away from home, however, hasn’t proven to be as fortuitous for Duke. When playing on the road at an opposing team’s stadium or at a neutral site, the Blue Devils have only won five out of a possible 10 games.
Give the team some credit though. It isn’t as if they have a couple of losses against cupcake squads from mid-major conferences. Three of their five losses have come at the hands of teams that are currently ranked within the top-10 of the AP Top 25 Poll: no. 1 Syracuse, no. 2 Arizona, and no. 8 Kansas.
When Selection Sunday rolls around and teams are being seeded for the NCAA tournament, those losses will actually look better than one may think. Of course, the selection committee is looking for teams with a good resume of wins on the season. In addition, the quality of a team’s losses is also factored in. They want to see who a team has lost games to and how they dropped those games.
Tonight’s game against Boston College is a crucial road game to add to their season resume. They can’t really have any more mishaps in must-win games if they want to return to being considered one of the major title contenders when tournament season rolls around.
One thing to watch out for in tonight’s game will be the improvement of Marshall Plumlee from previous games. Right now, he is the only real big body on the Duke roster, and his development is crucial at this point in the season, as other elite teams are sometimes bigger in the frontcourt.
You know what you’re going to get on a nightly basis from Duke’s main players in Jabari Parker, Rodney Hood, Quinn Cook and Andre Dawkins. If Marshall can even be just half the player that his older brothers Mason and Miles were for the Blue Devils, then this team will be in great shape going forward.