Duke basketball team waves a white flag by settling in outside shots; In the end, all the opponents will pack paint and look with joy as the blue devils shoot in the foot.
Crucial to what a defense allows, as Duke basketball players continue to do by pointing up 3 pointers, is the ultimate sign of weakness.
Low Georgia Tech won in Syracuse at 14 on Saturday while only 12 shots were attempted beyond the arc. Apparently they are No. 1 Blue Devils who jacked up 43 prayers from deep and only made nine during a 95-91 overtime loss for the Orangemans on Monday, not as skilled as the 1
For those who have not seen the box score from the game, junior co-captain Jack White was 0-for-10 from 3 point country and freshman RJ Barrett was 4-to-17.
Although Blue Devils – as well as many of their fans – apparently still believe that the best shots to take are those that opponents are encouraging.
Seems lazy. Weak. And just totally disrespectful of the story of a program that used to be proud to dictate the types of shots it would take, regardless of the opponents' state of defense.
92 Duke title winning teams, the best of all time, also facing several zones, but only on average 10.9 3-point trial per. games on the way to a 34-2 post. This 19 squad, now 14-2 in the season, has already surpassed the overall 3-point attempt at the & # 39; team and is on average 25.6 not as beautiful raises from the center per. Games, which is at the pace of being the second-highest mark in program history – despite by far the worst shooting percentage from deep of any Duke team before that.
Of course, this writer at Ball Durham has already written a similar piece on this Exact Problem. But as long as the problem continues to worsen, the articles will continue to be written.
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Apparently coach Mike Krzyzewski is ok with his boys pushing zones & jokes.
"We had open shots," said Blue Devils & # 39; 39-year-old captain after the match. "They were three years as [Syracuse] was clogged the path, so I did not fault my men for [taking so many]."
Most McDonalds are also always open. But that doesn't mean that a person should eat 43 large Macs a day.
Admittedly, the result against Orangemen would probably have been different, if not for the absence of freshman Cam Reddish due to the flu, and freshman Tre Jones due to an AC separation to his right shoulder, which he suffered early in the first half.
Yes, the lack of defensive skill – which was a result of not having ball cuts by Jones and Wingspan of Reddish – the game Part of Blue Devils not finding simpler solutions to score. After all, transitional options all went but ended after Jones went into the wardrobe.
But the masterful point guard will not come back soon. In fact, he can't come back all the time this season.
And outside shooters – despite a great performance from deep in Florida State on Saturday with a particularly good ending – are not new to this team. Victories have simply masked the issue.
Future opponents will find out – if they do not already have it – that the best way to defend Duke is to pack the paint and giggle like the blue devils chip paint off rims when you shoot large open 3-pointers.
Reminder: Duke basketball roster does not include a single productive shooter. The only player in the regular rotation with a cut of better than 36 percent is the follow-up guard Alex O & # 39; Connell, who has hit 16 of his 42 season trials.
As a unit, the team connects only 31.8 percent of its trials. It is believed that this bad percentage would slow down the players' attempts, but the opposite is true:
The percentage continues to slip, but the average number of attempts per day Games continue to rise.
As a lifelong Duke fan, it's not fun to watch – especially when you know that there are better opportunities than 3-pointers. And it is not encouraging for the future.
It. Have. To. Stop.
And dare not say that the blue devils tried to get the ball into the newborn animals Zion Williamson's hands, but simply could not at the end of regulation and in overtime. That would be a false answer.
See the tape.
Williamson, who ended up with a high 35 point game on a 12-to-20 clip from the court, was largely ignored eventually, especially in overtime after giving the blue devils their best success by attacking the zone – by far the most effective – in the first 35 minutes of the game.
He should have been given the opportunity to finish with more than 40 points. It would almost certainly have translated into a duke win.
Now, the 6-foot-7, 285-pounder missed a free kick in last-minute regulation that might have won the game for Duke. But the not-so-linked mistake from the team is a subject in a future article.
This article is about the most pressing problem:
Wasting property with deep prayers while playing in the opponents' hands.  The next opponent, unbeaten Virginia, will enter Cameron Indoor Stadium on Saturday at 6 pm (on ESPN) and use the famous pack-line defense to try and dictate the shots Duke takes.
Are the blue devils bait? Or will they claim their dominance by not doing exactly what the Cavaliers want them to do?
Hope on the latter. Hope not to write this same kind of article again this season.