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Duke has another opportunity to show it can win on the road in the Peterson Event Center, where another struggling ACC team will look to make their mark and take down a highly ranked Duke team. Coach K alluded to the fact that he hasn’t been able to figure out this team, he has not been able to properly motivate his youngest team ever at Duke to play with the same intensity as their opponent. More troubling than a group of freshmen not handling the situation is the fact that Duke’s lone senior Grayson Allen still has not been the consistent leader that Duke has needed.
Marvin Bagley III leads the ACC in scoring (22.5) and rebounding (11.5) and is tied for second in the NCAA in double-doubles (12). Trevon Duval leads the ACC in assists (6.47), while Grayson Allen leads in the league in threes per game (2.80). Allen has been named one of 30 candidates for the Senior CLASS Award, presented annually to the senior who excels both on and off the court. With 1,676 career points, Allen is 22nd on Duke’s career list, and 17th among active NCAA players in career scoring.
Look for Pitt to go after Duke, especially on the inside, if their bigs cam manage to get Wendell Carter Jr or Marvin Bagley in early foul trouble Duke will struggle. With only Jack White and Antonio Vrankovic as reserve bigs Duke has to defend the paint without fouling. Everyone who called for Duke to go to a zone may very well be rewarded in this game, especially if foul trouble occurs. For Duke, they need to develop some consistency.