The idea that once senior forward Ryan Kelly would return, it would solve all of Duke's issues and Mike Krzyzewski's team would once again be the nation's best seemed a bit outlandish.
Kelly is good, but c'mon, his legend was growing like Willis Reed.
Then Kelly dropped a career-high 36 points in his return on Saturday night to help No. 3 Duke get revenge on No. 5 Miami with a 79-76 win in Durham.
OK, point conceded, he makes a big impact.
Kelly put forth an unbelievable performance that was one of the great moments of this college basketball season. You don't sit out for two months and then just return like that. You're not supposed to be able to do that.
But he did.
Not all of Duke's issues are now resolved, but Kelly helps the Blue Devils immensely. Let's grade the critical conference win for the Blue Devils.