NCAA Tournament: How Can Duke Survive without a Pure Point Guard?

Henry BellContributor IMarch 22, 2010

JACKSONVILLE, FL - MARCH 21:  Jon Scheyer #30 of the Duke Blue Devils tries to go around Jorge Gutierrez #2 of the California Golden Bears during the second round of the 2010 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Jacksonville Veteran's Memorial Arena on March 21, 2010 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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As you all know Duke is one of the top-ranked schools. They even have the number one seed in their conference. But the question is, how do they do it without a real point guard?

They currently have Jon Scheyer, who, is currently their point guard. And don't get me wrong, he does his job well. But, what position was he last year? That's right, he was a shooting guard. But, he's got the best assist to turnover ration in the nation because he passes. He's not a ball hog and it works well for him, and the team. But, if you watch Duke play, he isn't the only one taking the ball up the court, he has other guys with him.

Look at other teams. Kentucky. John Wall dribbles his way up the court making it look easy, breaking the press.

Duke doesn't. The solution?

Well, coach K has the answer. And that's for them to pass.ย 

If you watch any of their games, all they do is pass. If they have to, they'll dribble, but primarily they will pass, pass, pass.ย 

Is that a good thing? Look where they've landed. Sweet Sixteen.

Although, there are some exceptions....

Nolan Smith. This guy can dribble, shoot and attack the hoop. He's one of their main weapons for easy points. Coming back from last year, he doubled his point per game, training in the offseason like Michael Jordan.ย 

Another guy who does his job well is Kyle Singler. He's a tall guy, who can shoot and attack the hoop.

That's how Duke does it.

Although you all may think a team for example, Duke, needs a point guard, there are other ways to win, and that's the beauty of basketball.


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