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Point Guard Play
Bobby Hurley was just a sophomore in the 1990-91 season, but he was already Duke's starting point guard—and one of the best in the nation.
Quinn Cook is also just a sophomore this year, but he has developed from a decent point guard, who had to platoon with Tyler Thornton, to one of the breakout stars this season.
By the numbers, Hurley's 7.4 assists per game trumps Cook's 6.2, but Cook leads in points and rebounds per game.
At this point in his career, Hurley was not a very big scoring threat. While he played suffocating defense, Cook has proven to be just as effective against guys like Peyton Siva and Aaron Craft.
This year the Blue Devils have guys like Seth Curry and Rasheed Sulaimon lighting opponents up on the scoreboard. These guys are the primary scorers on the perimeter, and combine for 27.7 points per game.
The 1990-91 team didn't have very many options on the perimeter. Point guard Bobby Hurley and big man Christian Laettner were the key to the offense, but there was a guy named Grant Hill on the wing.
To be fair, Hill was just a freshman, and he only averaged 11.2 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. He was not yet one of the greatest players in the school's history, and he was not even as good as Curry or Sulaimon.
Edge: 2012-13 Team
The 1990-91 team had none other than Christian Laettner in the paint.
As arguably the greatest player in Duke history, he was dominant in his junior season, averaging 19.8 points ad 8.7 rebounds per game.
Mason Plumlee and Ryan Kelly are the big men for Duke this year, combining for 31.5 points and 16.5 rebounds per game. Plumlee is almost about dominant as Laettner this year, averaging fewer points but more rebounds.
It's tough to give an edge here, but I'm going to give a slight one to the current team because of Kelly's play.
Edge: 2012-13 Team
There is no doubt that Christian Laettner and Mason Plumlee will square off here once again.
Laettner's 19.8 points and 8.7 rebounds per game are similar to Plumlee's 18.1 points and 11.1 rebounds. The two have similar styles of play, and to see them go head-to-head would be a treat for any basketball fan.
It's too close to call a victor here, once again, and we have another tie.
Verdict: 2012-13 Team...but not by much