Duke Basketball: 3 Reasons Duke Will Be Better Without Austin Rivers

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Duke Basketball: 3 Reasons Duke Will Be Better Without Austin Rivers
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Rivers and the Blue Devils suffered a stunning loss in the first round to Lehigh.

After Duke's stunning loss in its first game of the NCAA Tournament to Lehigh, point guard Austin Rivers, the son of Boston Celtics' coach Doc Rivers, had a tough decision to make.  

Did he want to return to Duke to improve his skills and lead the Blue Devils deeper into the tournament, or would he declare for the NBA draft, where he was projected to go somewhere in the first round? 

Rivers choose the latter and was selected 10th overall by the New Orleans Hornets, joining Kentucky power forward and No.1 overall pick Anthony Davis on a young squad. 

With the departure of Rivers, Duke fans may be worried about their future without their floor general, who got better as the season went along. Rivers will be missed, but the Blue Devils will perform better without him this season.  

Here are three reasons why Duke's upcoming season will be better despite losing Rivers.

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