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Quick Takes: Important stretch for Duke

Dave2015For Duke, this season hasn’t followed the designated script.  With a handful of top-flight recruits and a host of returning talent, the Blue Devils were a preseason favorite to dominate college hoops and cut down the nets in April.  Then came the injuries, a one-game suspension for Grayson Allen, and the loss of Coach K to back surgery.  And then came Monday night, when the Blue Devils lost at home to NC State for the first time since 1995.  Moreover, it was Duke’s third loss in five games, dropping the Blue Devils to 3-4 in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).  Up next?  A two-game road swing through improved Wake Forest and Notre Dame.  For what it’s worth, Duke is a surprising 0-3 in true road games this season.  Without a win in Winston-Salem or South Bend, the Blue Devils will return home with a 3-6 record in conference play and a date with rival North Carolina on the docket soon after.

It’s way too early (even in late January) to write off the Blue Devils; they could four in a row and make us forget about this unDuke-like stretch.  But these next two weeks are an important stretch for the crew from Durham.  Duke has just three wins against current at-large teams (Florida, Michigan State, Rhode Island), and the Rams are currently among the Last 4 IN.  Time to see how the Blue Devils respond.

Additional Quick Takes:

  • Oklahoma State is working its way back up the Seed List after an 0-6 start in the B12. The Cowboys won at Texas Tech over the weekend and beat TCU last night in Stillwater.
  • Speaking of TCU, the Horned Frogs have solid RPI (36) and SOS (31, 66 in NC) numbers, but quality wins are lacking.  TCU’s best are Illinois State and Iowa State (both at home).  Their only other Top 100 win is Arkansas State.  If you think at-large, Iowa State is a bit bubbly, and it’s unclear whether ISU would make it into the Field of 68.  In other words, TCU has work to do.
  • Gonzaga rolled through Portland to stay unbeaten.  If the Zags run the table, they will most likely be a No. 1 seed on Selection Sunday.  We’ll see if they can navigate trips through BYU and Saint Mary’s between now and then.

Enjoy a busy Tuesday night on the college hardwood.

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