The Duke Blue Devils won 27 games last year, were as high as No. 3 in the AP, beat heated-rival North Carolina with an epic comeback and buzzer-beater, took a No. 2 seed into the NCAA tourney and finished second in the ACC. And the season was still seen as a major disappointment.
Ahh, the hardships of being Duke.
Mike Krzyzewski's squad was impressive throughout the regular season, but its now famous loss to No. 15 Lehigh in the second round—but really the first round—of the NCAA Tournament made everyone forget about that. Because of that painful end to the season, Blue Devil fans have been waiting for the start of a new season to cure their woes.
And by all indications, cured they shall be.
Duke lost two players to the NBA, and Andre Dawkins is taking an unexpected redshirt, but the infuse of young talent mixed with important veteran leadership has expectations high for the No. 8 team in the nation.
Let's take a look at what the season has in store for the Blue Devils.