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Overall, the Duke Blue Devils once again proved that they will be an offensive juggernaut in the 2011-2012 season, averaging 83.5 points per game in their four games played overseas.
Despite losing their top two scorers to the NBA, the Blue Devils will be a top offensive team in the ACC and the nation, but will have some struggles on defense.
Nolan Smith, now a Portland Trailblazer, was one of Duke's best on-ball defenders and losing him will hurt the defense a lot.
Andre Dawkins will pick up where Smith left off as the team's best on-ball defender, but one of the other guards, Quinn Cook, Seth Curry or Austin Rivers, will need to step in a be a solid defender as well if Duke wants to reach its full potential.
The Plumlee brothers and Ryan Kelly should provide a solid low post scoring game that Duke has lacked in past seasons.
With the experience gained on this trip overseas, the Blue Devils will be one step ahead of its competitors when the regular season starts and it should benefit them early on in their schedule.
Look for the Blue Devils to hover in the Top 10 of the polls throughout the season and finish atop or near the top of the ACC, alongside their Tobacco Road rival, the North Carolina Tarheels.