So far, Duke fans are feeling great about the season.
In Atlanta, Duke knocked off defending champ Kentucky. After that, the Blue Devils bounced Minnesota and VCU from the Bahamas to make it to the championship game of the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament. There, Duke defeated second-ranked Louisville in a hard-fought game where every starter scored in double digits.
Early concerns about Seth Curry’s injury, the point guard play, and whether or not Mason Plumlee could live up to his physical promise all seem to have been answered in the affirmative.
With sports, however, there is always another obstacle in one’s path. And in Duke’s case, the impending clash with Ohio State in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge may be the toughest test yet.
The Blue Devils, brimming with confidence, are looking to defend home court against a nonconference opponent for the 97th straight game and at the same time avenge last season’s blowout loss in Columbus.
In order to beat Ohio State in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge, Duke must make sure these five things occur.