Duke Preview Capsule

Duke Preview Capsule

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By The Associated Press=


Last season: 35-4, won NCAA Tournament.

Nickname: Blue Devils. Coach: Mike Krzyzewski.

Conference: Atlantic Coast.

Key returners: G Grayson Allen, came on strong at the Final Four, scoring 16 points and coming up with the hustle play that sparked a win over Wisconsin. F Amile Jefferson, team’s leading returning scorer (6.1 ppg) does most of the dirty work on the boards.

Who left: Three one-and-done freshmen – Jahlil Okafor, Tyus Jones, Justise Winslow – moved on to the NBA while graduated senior guard Quinn Cook is trying to find a spot on an NBA roster.

The Skinny: Expectations are never low for Coach K’s powerhouse program, which once again replaces stars with stars. The Blue Devils aren’t the likely preseason favorites in the ACC – that belongs to arch rival North Carolina – but could make a run at a Final Four return if these freshmen mesh together as quickly and effectively as last year’s group did.