4 Bench Players Critical to Duke Basketball Success

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4 Bench Players Critical to Duke Basketball Success
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Coach Krzyzewski has used a variety of starting line-ups this year: There is not one group that consistently starts.

There are, on the other hand, a few players who normally always start. Those players are Austin Rivers, Seth Curry and Mason Plumlee.

Coach K mixes and mashes his starting lineup in order to find a group that works well and can do damage in the beginning of the game.

This has created intriguing lineups, like the super tall lineup with both Mason and Miles Plumlee, and the shooting lineup with Austin Rivers, Seth Curry, Andre Dawkins, and Ryan Kelly.

Just because a player starts on the bench, that doesn't mean that he won't play much.

Against the Demon Deacons of Wake Forest, Rivers sat on the bench in the beginning, while Quinn Cook started.

However, Cook only played 14 minutes, while Rivers logged 32 minutes of work.

In order for Duke to have success in both the ACC Tournament and the NCAA Tournament, these players must step up.

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