Part of being a sports fan is noticing things that the casual observer doesn’t see. One of the advantageous things about basketball is that half the court is always on the screen, so a viewer can watch what’s going on with players who don’t have the ball.
With Duke coming off a loss that in many ways showcased the problems that have predictably plagued the Blue Devils all season, there’s a reasonable inclination to look for what’s going wrong, why it’s going wrong and what can be done to fix it.
I’ve identified four things that are worth keeping an eye on going forward. They don’t necessarily show up on the stat sheet, but they are integral to Duke’s improvement and potential for success in March.
Whether or not these things to watch for will improve or persist remains to be seen, but at least you’ll know what to look for. And as always, if you know of anything else on which to keep tabs during a game, please feel free to add it in the comments section.