After a disappointing end to the 2011-12 season that was capped off with a defeat to No. 15 Lehigh in the 2012 NCAA tournament, Duke and head coach Mike Krzyzewski will finally turn the page as Midnight Madness opens up.
October 12 was the official opening of the season as the Blue Devils held their annual preseason media day and evening practice, but we all know that Midnight Madness is officially the start to every team's season.
Here is everything you need to know to get you prepared to watch Duke's Midnight Madness:
Below is according to GoDuke.com.
What: Countdown to Craziness
When: Friday, October 19 at 8 p.m. ET
Where: Cameron Indoor Stadium, Durham, North Carolina
Live Stream: GoDuke
SG Rasheed Sulaimon
Sulaimon is a 6'3" shooting guard who was ranked No. 3 in the country at his position.
He reminds people of Austin Rivers because of his ability to drive the lane with his explosiveness and speed. While he can spot up and hit the jumper, he is known to be a streaky shooter.
PF Amile Jefferson
Jefferson was the No. 4-rated power forward in the country. He stands 6'7" tall and can do multiple things to help benefit Duke this season and beyond.
He will obviously need to add some bulk to his frame, as he is only 190 pounds, but his length and skill set should garner him some quality minutes this season.
Projected Starting Five
Quinn Cook or Seth Curry
Players to Watch at Midnight Madness and Beyond
Quinn Cook will have every opportunity to take the starting point guard position and thrive. However, he also has to prove that he's capable of running the show at a big-time program such as Duke.
Cook has great talent at the position but was very inconsistent in the 11.7 minutes he did play per game last season. Cook averaged 4.4 points and 1.9 assists in his freshman season.
If he doesn't perform well in practice leading up to the start of the season, another youngster will be looking to crack the starting five while Seth Curry reigns the point guard position to the best of his abilities.
Sulaimon has a great chance of cracking the starting lineup if Cook doesn't perform up to his capabilities. He has great explosiveness and a quick step to the rim.
Sulaimon's ability to score the basketball will be welcomed whether he starts or not. From the bench he can be one of the best sixth-man performers in the country. That's one of the reasons why I could see him coming off the bench to start the season.
His spark from the pine will give Duke life when they are struggling with their offense.
Mason Plumlee was expected to be long gone, yet he remains at Duke as a fourth-year player. Great news for the Blue Devils this season.
Plumlee averaged 10.9 points and nine rebounds per game last season. As one of the few pro prospects, Plumlee will be asked to dominate the paint while increasing his scoring production.
This season will be a great showcase to NBA scouts.