Duke Basketball: Why Seth Curry & Mason Plumlee Are the Best Duo in the ACC

Trevor LowryContributor INovember 20, 2012

Duke Basketball: Why Seth Curry & Mason Plumlee Are the Best Duo in the ACC

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    There are plenty of great duos in the ACC, like Lorenzo Brown and C.J. Leslie out of North Carolina State, but the Duke Blue Devils' duo consisting of Seth Curry and Mason Plumlee is the best in the conference. 

    Duke is playing at such a high level right now. The Blue Devils were supposed to be good, but no one expected them to be this good this early, and Curry and Plumlee have a lot to do with this. 

    Read on to see why Curry and Plumlee are the best duo in the ACC. 

Coming Up Big When Needed Most

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    We all knew that the Kentucky Wildcats were not going to be as good as they were last season, but we didn't know it was going to be this bad. Sure, the Wildcats' freshmen need to learn how to play with each other, but they haven't yet and it showed in the game against Duke.

    With that said, Mason Plumlee and Seth Curry played amazing in that game, combining for 41 points in the game. Curry had 23 points and Plumlee had 18. 

    Duke needed big performances out of its senior leaders and it definitely got that from these two players. Curry shot 50 percent from the field in the game and Plumlee shot a very impressive 87.5 percent from the field. Plumlee even outplayed Nerlens Noel in the game. 

    Noel had 16 points and eight rebounds. Plumlee may have only had two more points and five less rebounds, but he was much more effective in the game, only missing one shot, whereas Noel was 5-11 from the field.

    Noel played a pretty good game and definitely padded up the stats sheet, but that is how well Plumlee played against Kentucky. Not to mention, Duke got the 75-68 point victory. 

Playing Styles

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    Seth Curry and Mason Plumlee have nowhere near the same type of playing styles, but that is what makes them so effective on this team. 

    Curry drains threes and drives to the basket when open and Plumlee is a huge force in the post. In fact, Plumlee has arguably been one of the best centers in college basketball this season. His numbers speak for himself, which we will take a closer look at in the next slide.

    Curry is a 6'2'' guard, whereas Plumlee is a 6'10'' forward/center. Their contrasting playing styles help make up a complete duo on both sides of the court. 

Production

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    Seth Curry is averaging 16 points per game. Surprisingly enough, Mason Plumlee has been even better, putting up 21.7 points per game. Not to mention, Plumlee is also averaging 8.7 rebounds per game and 2.7 blocked shots per game.

    Plumlee is the leading scorer on the Blue Devils and Curry is the second in that department. Curry was supposed to step up his game and he has, but Plumlee completely brought his game to the next level. 

Comparing Them to Other Duos

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    C.J. Leslie and Lorenzo Brown are a big reason why North Carolina State was rated so highly coming into this season. They are great players, but they aren't even the best players on their team right now. Brown is only averaging 9.8 points per game and Leslie is only averaging 10 points per game. However, the Wolfpack do have a very complete team this year. 

    James Michael-McAdoo is having a great season for North Carolina, averaging 18.3 points per game and 9.5 rebounds per game, but the next best Tar Heel is only averaging 11.5 points per game. 

    Seth Curry and Mason Plumlee are off to a great start this year. When they are averaging a combined 37.3 points per game, the Blue Devils are going to be almost unbeatable. This may not be the most any two players in the ACC are averaging together for their team, but I don't remember Virginia Tech's Erick Green or Jarell Eddie playing the Kentucky Wildcats or anyone near as good as them this season for that matter. 

     

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