By Justin Patrick @calling_allfans on March 19, 2014
The NCAA Tournament technically started Tuesday night when Albany and NC State won their first round (play-in games). There are two more games Wednesday to help fill out the field of 64. The real madness will begin on Thursday, but Duke’s first game is on Friday, Mar. 21 against Mercer. Duke is in the tough Midwest part of the bracket. Who are Duke’s five most important players to help them make a deep run in the tournament?
Jefferson is a 6-foot-9, 210-pound forward for the Blue Devils. He has been playing 22.6 minutes per game this season while averaging 6.6 points and 6.7 rebounds.
Sulaimon is a 6-foot-4, 190-pound guard for Duke. He has logged 25.3 minutes per game while contributing 9.6 points, 2.4 blocks and 2.4 assists.
Cook is a 6-foot-2 junior guard for the Blue Devils. Cook has averaged 11.3 points, 2.1 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.3 steals per game this season and plays an average of 29.6 minutes.
Hood is a 6-foot-8 forward for Duke. He plays an average of 32.8 minutes while averaging 16.4 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. Hood has been playing extremely well down the stretch and would be the most important Blue Devil if not for the guy at No. 1.
This should come as no surprise to anyone who follows college basketball. Parker is one of the best freshman and players in college basketball, and he is sure to be a lottery pick in the next NBA Draft. He plays 30.7 minutes per game and averages 19.3 points, 8.8 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.3 blocks. Even those who cannot stand Duke have to begrudgingly admit Parker is sensational.
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