It was only the first game of the season, but we learned a number of things about the Duke Blue Devils. We saw their freshman contribute right away with Jabari Parker making the first Duke points of the season. Along with Matt Jones both freshmen made contribution early in the game. The other thing we learned is their weakness coming in to the season, which is the post game, when Amile Jefferson picked up two early fouls.
The Blue Devils were ready for game one, a game that could have been close throughout the game, was a blowout in the first half. Not only did the starters play well, but also the bench played just as well. It was a game we got to see the depth of the Blue Devils. This should be an exciting season especially if Jefferson can stay out of foul trouble.
The Blue Devils played through Parker and Rodney Hood which was not a surprise. They both played very well in their first game as Blue Devils. The first game showed us that they will be the focus of this team, if there was any doubt. The other great thing to see in the first game is Quinn Cook, he looks like he knows what this team needs from him and that’s assists. Cook will be one of the leaders on the team, and will be able to show everyone just how good he is this season.
There were some surprises in the first game with one being Tyler Thornton got the start for the Blue Devils. Thornton a natural point guard was in the backcourt as the shooting guard with Cook. He didn’t wow anyone on the offensive side of the ball, but he is more for defense and leadership. It would be a real surprise if he starts the whole season. Another big surprise is Josh Hairston thought he was a three point shooter in the first game. Hairston had to play early because of foul trouble to Jefferson, and fired up two three pointers as soon as he got in to the game.
This team can cause a matchup problem at almost every position on the court. It will be an interesting season. If they can get some help on the inside from Jefferson, Hairston, or Marshall Plumlee this could be a very dangerous team this season. If Parker, Hood, Sulaimon, and Cook can play this well all season they will be a difficult team to beat.
The next game is against the number 5th team in the country Kansas, and this game will give us a better look at what this team is capable of. This will be an exciting game for both teams, and a game for every college basketball fan to watch. Tuesday will get the college basketball season off with a bang with a great double header on ESPN with Duke vs. Kansas and Kentucky vs. Michigan State.