Duke Basketball: 5 Reasons the Blue Devils Should Be Feared in 2012-13

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Duke Basketball: 5 Reasons the Blue Devils Should Be Feared in 2012-13
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Mason Plumlee's return to Durham makes Duke formidable in 2012-13.

Duke basketball took a small step back in 2012. While the program did sign Austin Rivers, the Blue Devils never got the young guard to buy into their system, which led to a stagnant offense that hardly looked like Duke basketball.

Despite the change in playing style, Duke still managed to be in the picture for the ACC regular season championship and were a Ryan Kelly foot injury away from seriously contending in the tournament.

The offseason has been a mixed bag with the bad (Austin Rivers leaving, Andre Dawkins' personal problems, missing out on top recruits) outweighing the good (Mason Plumlee returning).

But 2012 is behind the Blue Devils now, and 2013 promises to be a much sunnier year in Durham. Here are five reasons not to sleep on Duke in 2012-13.

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