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Head Coach: Mike Krzyzewski; 33rd season at Duke (38th Overall; 927-289)
2011-2012 Final ACC Standings: 2nd place; Overall Record: 27-7 (13-3)
2012-2013 ACC Standing Prediction: 3rd place
Duke loses its top scorer, Austin Rivers (15.5 PPG), as he left Durham after his freshmen year for the NBA Draft. There is plenty of talent returning this season for Coach K’s team. Duke returns, 72 percent of its scoring from a year before, and they bring back three experienced seniors (the loss of Andre Dawkins hurts, as he decided to redshirt this year). But last year, Duke was uncharacteristically horrible on defense. The team was ranked tenth in the conference in scoring defense (giving up 68.6 PPG) and their field goal defense was just as bad, also ranking tenth in the ACC (.433 percent). Duke will need improvement on the defensive side if they want to compete for the top spot in the ACC.
Three Major Questions:
- Andre Dawkins, his family, and the coaching staff made the decision to redshirt this year (due to the death of his sister back in 2009 and his recovery from it), who will step up in his absence, and how will the guard rotation look for this team?
- Speaking of redshirting, Duke had two players (Alex Murphy and Marshall Plumlee) redshirt the year before. What will their impact be this season, can one, or both players come in and give Coach K quality minutes?
- Does Duke predicate its offense around the big men, or will the guards carry the load? Duke has much talent returning in the post, notably, seniors, Ryan Kelly and Mason Plumlee, will Coach K utilize that talent?
2012-13 Men’s Basketball Roster
|0||Austin Rivers (NBA)||Fr.||G||6-4||200||15.5||3.4||2.1||2.3|
|13||Michael Gbinije (transfer)||Fr.||G/F||6-6||205||1.7||0.8||0.2||0.4|
|21||Miles Plumlee (graduating)||Sr.||F||6-10||245||6.6||7.1||0.5||1.2|
|20||Andre Dawkins (redshirting)||Sr.||G||6-4||200||8.4||2.1||0.6||0.8|
*indicates averages from 2011-2012 season