The 2013-14 college basketball season is reaching its conclusion with the Final Four set for Saturday, but Duke’s season already feels like a distant memory.
It’s hard to imagine that the same team that lost to Mercer in their first game of the NCAA tournament entered the season with so much hype. Duke was ranked fourth in the preseason AP poll, picked to win the ACC, and Jabari Parker and Rodney Hood were both named to the preseason all-conference team.
Parker and Hood had good individual seasons, but the team never lived up to the hype. Duke finished 26-9 and earned a No. 3 seed in the Big Dance, which was Duke’s fewest wins, most losses and lowest seed since the 2006-07 season.
There’s been enough time for Duke fans to get over the shock of the loss to Mercer, so it’s time to start looking toward the future. Here are a few storylines Duke fans should be following closely going into the offseason.