Duke Basketball: Seth Curry's Progress Key for Blue Devils

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer INovember 16, 2012

ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 13:  Seth Curry #30 of the Duke Blue Devils drives past Julius Mays #34 of the Kentucky Wildcats during the 2012 State Farm Champions Classic at Georgia Dome on November 13, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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As the brother of Stephen Curry, the shooter's touch has always run through Seth Curry's veins.

The problem is, he was inconsistent last season against top teams, and it ended up hurting the Duke Blue Devils down the stretch.

In his final four games of last season, including the first-round loss to Lehigh in the NCAA tournament, Curry shot a combined 10-of-41. He went 1-of-9 against Lehigh while scoring seven points in the 75-70 upset on March 16.

In the same respect, he went 6-of-7 for 17 points against then-No. 15 Michigan on Nov. 22 and 5-of-10 for 15 points against then-No. 5 North Carolina on Feb. 8. It's not that Curry tanked against every ranked team, it's just that he was hot and cold.

Still, when you end a season like that, a lot of questions tend to emerge surrounding anything from your talent level to your ability to play within the game (kind of sounds like Austin Rivers, doesn't it?).

But with Rivers in the NBA now, Curry has gotten off to a brilliant start, highlighted by his 23-point night in the 75-68 victory over then-No. 3 Kentucky on Tuesday.

It's safe to say the 22-year-old is committed to his role as one of Duke's leaders this season.

He said after the Kentucky game, via ESPN, "That's what we worked on during the preseason -- taking control of the team, having it be our team. I had it going, so they came to me."

Not bad for a guy who has been battling a leg injury.

Head coach Mike Krzyzewski was beaming about the senior after the victory over the Wildcats, via ESPN.com's Andy Katz:

Seth was terrific. He was the difference-maker. The fact that he's a fifth-year senior has to help. I'm so proud of him. He really hasn't practiced much. Since the start of practice he's had four practices. I'm shocked by the level of condition.

If you needed any more indication that Curry is ready to take over the Blue Devils this season, you got it when he stepped up big for the Blue Devils against Kentucky, especially down the stretch when Mason Plumlee was battling foul trouble.

This is Curry's chance to be the next Blue Devils guard who slices up defenses and leads the team deep through the season.

Don't think he doesn't know it.


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