Duke Basketball: 4 Fundamental Flaws the Loss to UNC Exposed

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Duke Basketball: 4 Fundamental Flaws the Loss to UNC Exposed
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After barely avoiding what would’ve been a soul-crushing loss to Maryland, Duke spiritually squashed any momentum it had by losing to North Carolina.

The 74-66 loss was marked by a stretch of unrelentingly poor shooting by the Blue Devils. After a solid 20-minute effort on both offense and defense, Duke choked away a double-digit lead in the second half. The collapse was lowlighted by a six-minute scoreless stretch for the Blue Devils.

This hard-to-swallow loss not only gifted an arsenal of insults to North Carolina fans, who will forever talk about the "postponement game," but it exposed Duke’s most egregious weaknesses. The regular season is winding down, and if the Blue Devils don’t do something quick, the problems that handed North Carolina a win will ultimately end Duke’s season in the NCAA tournament.

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