Duke Basketball: How Serious Is Seth Curry's Shooting Slump?

Doug BrodessCorrespondent IJanuary 26, 2012

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 29: Seth Curry #30 of the Duke Blue Devils reacts during the game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Value City Arena on November 29, 2011 in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State beat Duke 85-63. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Seth Curry is a good shooter who is in a shooting slump.

You might scratch your head and say, "Shooting slump? He's still scoring in double digits, isn't he?"

And the answer to that would be, "Yes, but...."

While Curry is still averaging 12.4 ppg for the season and 11.5 ppg in Duke's six ACC games, his three-point shooting has taken a major turn for the worse.

In the Blue Devils' opening half-dozen Atlantic Coast Conference games, the 6'2" junior shooting guard from Charlotte has only connected on six-for-twenty-nine shots from beyond the arc.

That's a frigid 20.7 percent.

Last year, Curry shot 43.5 percent from three-point territory; so far in 2011-12, he's only connecting on 36.8 percent.

It's great for Coach K's crew that Ryan Kelly is playing with a high level of confidence as of late. He is shooting six-for-thirteen from downtown (46.1 percent) in ACC play.

But, Duke needs Curry to be a consistent threat from distance.

When he's hitting his threes, the middle stays open for the Plumlees, and his man can't go very far to help with Rivers or Dawkins on the perimeter.

Curry's whole offensive game is keyed off of his ability to knock down shots.

He hasn't proven to be a sufficient playmaker when his FGs aren't falling. On the year, he has 54 assists and 50 turnovers.

It is critical for Duke that Curry finds his long-range shooting touch.

The Blue Devils need him to keep their opponents honest, and the floor spread.

Will a noon home game this Saturday against St. John's be the time and place where he gets back on track?

Let's hope so.