With just under a minute left to play against the Louisville Cardinals in the NCAA tournament—a game that quickly spiraled out of control for the Duke Blue Devils—Seth Curry, Ryan Kelly and Mason Plumlee exited the floor for the final time in their college careers.
It was a disappointing end to the collegiate careers of three of the finest players to step foot on the Duke campus.
Together, they closed out their careers with a 317-54 (85.4 percent) win-loss record for the Duke basketball program. In addition, all three were a part of the Blue Devils' fourth national championship in 2010.
Looking ahead to next season, as significant as the departures of Curry, Kelly and Plumlee are, head coach Mike Krzyzewski will have at his disposal another talented collection of players that should prove to be a championship-caliber team.
In the following three slides, I reveal the three players from Duke's 2013-14 team who will emerge to replace the senior triad of Curry, Kelly and Plumlee and guide the Blue Devils on their quest to a fifth national title.