Duke Basketball: 4 Reasons Blue Devils Are Better off Without Austin Rivers

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Duke Basketball: 4 Reasons Blue Devils Are Better off Without Austin Rivers
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With freshman sensation Austin Rivers declaring for the 2012 NBA draft, the Duke Blue Devils now have a large void to fill.

Or do they?

Rivers led Duke in scoring—netting 15.5 points per game—but shot a mere .433 percent from the field and an even worse .365 percent from beyond the arc.

It was also evident throughout the season that Rivers was more of a scoring guard, not a facilitator of the offense, as evident by him averaging more turnovers per game than assists.

With Rivers gone, Duke can get back to playing team basketball and excelling in the NCAA tournament.

Here are four reasons Duke is better off without Rivers:

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