Duke Basketball: High-Powered Offense Will Lead Blue Devils to ACC Title

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Duke Basketball: High-Powered Offense Will Lead Blue Devils to ACC Title
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While the Duke Blue Devils already have a loss on their record, their high-powered and efficient offense has proven that this team is good enough to take the ACC title in the 2013-14 season over teams like Syracuse and North Carolina.

Through the first five games of the year, the Blue Devils are averaging 93 points per game while shooting 56.1 percent from the field and 47.5 percent from behind the arc as a team.  They're coming off a solid 83-74 win over East Carolina, where they shot 47.4 percent and had three players account for 65 of their 83 points.

Offensively, this team is led by Jabari Parker, who has taken the nation by storm as a freshman.  He's scoring 22.4 points per game, making over half of his field goals and knocking down 65 percent of his three-pointers.  He's scored at least 20 points in every game to start the season, and, according to Numbers Never Lie, he is just the second Duke player to have a streak that long to start the season.

He can also make exciting plays like this one below.

While a lot of the attention has gone to Parker, Rodney Hood, who transferred from Mississippi State, has been by far the most efficient offensive player for the Blue Devils.  He's scoring 21.8 points per game and shooting over 72 percent from both the floor and from downtown, making him one of the most accurate shooters in the entire country.  

Quinn Cook is playing well, too.  He's scoring 12.6 points per game while shooting 46.9 percent from the floor.  Along with being able to score, Cook has done a great job of running the offense, dishing out seven assists a game, including 10 in the Blue Devils' contest against East Carolina.

In fact, if you just go down the roster, almost every player with extensive minutes on the court is shooting above 50 percent from the field.  The only major exception would be Rasheed Sulaimon, who is still averaging 9.2 points per game and shooting 45.5 percent from the field.

Duke Blue Devils Key Players
Player PPG FG % 3PT % FT %
Jabari Parker 22.4 55.6 68.4 67.9
Rodney Hood 21.8 72.3 72.7 82.5
Quinn Cook 12.6 46.9 31.8 76.9
Andre Dawkins 6.4 57.9 53.3 100.0
Team Totals 93.0 56.1 47.5 60.6

ESPN.com

With so many efficient scorers coming from anywhere on the floor, the Blue Devils present a serious mismatch against opposing ACC teams.  Teams like Syracuse, Miami and North Carolina have a couple of talented players, but none of them can consistently put five guys on the floor who are capable of effectively stopping this offense.

Sure, the Blue Devils have played some weaker opponents, but if they can continue to be as efficient as they've been through the first five games, then this will be yet another successful this under Mike Krzyzewski.

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