In Duke's three games against ranked opponents, Alex Murphy and Amile Jefferson have combined for 19 minutes, three rebounds and zero points. Fortunately for the Blue Devils, they won all three games despite limited production from either of these freshmen.
As a redshirt freshman, many expected Alex Murphy to have a major role with this team, especially when he started in the team's two exhibition games. Instead, Murphy has seen limited time in close games and does not appear to be a part of the regular rotation.
Jefferson has played a bigger role than Murphy, but his lean frame could give him problems as the season wears on and he plays against more physical, experienced players.
Fortunately for these two, Duke is going through a stretch of their schedule where the opponents aren't quite as strong. This should give Jefferson and Murphy more opportunities for playing time, which could give them confidence going forward. If they can excel in these next few games, their play could give them confidence to perform in big games later in the season.