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Duke Basketball is Capable Of Deep Tournament Run

Mark Dolejs-USA TODAY Sports

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Well, no one’s going to say that they believed the Siena Saints were a test for the fifth ranked Duke Blue Devils, but no one hates a victory either. When teams get star performances like the one Grayson Allen displayed, they feel even better about things. Allen dropped 26 points and spent a pretty good portion of the second half spectating from the sideline. With one of the youngest teams in the country, the Blue Devils need him to step into a leadership position.

If tonight is a preview of what they’ll get all season, things are off to a good start.

The majority of this offseason has been spent discussing the quartet brought in and whether they can help this team replicate a run like the one they had last year. That may not be realistic, but a deep tournament run come March isn’t too far out of the realm of possibility. What’s been forgotten is last year’s recruiting class was nothing to sneeze at. Allen showed promise tonight.

With Chase Jeter, Luke Kennard, Derryck Thornton and Brandon Ingram, this is one of the more entertaining teams in the nation. Duke lost almost 65 points of offense due to a midseason dismissal and four of their best players either going pro or graduating. On November 17, the Blue Devils meet the Kentucky Wildcats, and we’ll see early how good this team can be.

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