There are many aspects that determine whether a college basketball team will have a successful season or falter. Talent level, coaching and team chemistry all come to mind as determining factors of how a season will go. Inevitably, almost all teams enter the season knowing that their roster gives them certain advantages while also realizing which aspects of the game will be tough for the team.
In the modern era of endless sports news, we now have more information about incoming players than ever before. With all this information at hand we can often predict with decent accuracy how a team will perform and what will cause them to win or lose before the season begins.
Last season, Kentucky’s overall talent advantage made up for inexperience, as the Wildcats ended their up-and-down regular season with an appearance in the championship game.
Duke was a team that had shooting and scoring production all over its roster last year, but a lack of frontcourt depth and poor defense cost Duke dearly in its loss to Mercer in the NCAA tournament.
College basketball teams can look completely different from year to year in the one-and-done era. This can lead to a team that was lacking in a certain facet of the game one season to dominating in that same facet the next. Next season, Duke will likely do just that. Here are the strengths and weaknesses of the Blue Devils’ roster for 2014-2015.