North Carolina puts blue in Blue Devils

February 8, 2007

J.J. Redick

The Duke men’s basketball team didn’t just lose its all-time leading scorer when J.J. Redick matriculated to the N.B.A. after last season. It also lost a proven leader and seasoned veteran who helped to mentor the younger players. It lost a go-to guy that would step up and make crucial shots every time he was called upon. But most importantly, it lost someone who could pick up a team when it was down, and carry it through the low points of a grueling season.

Duke sure needs a guy like that right about now. The Blue Devils lost to North Carolina at Cameron Indoor Stadium last night, 79-73, in a game where a player like Redick clearly would have made the difference for the Blue Devils. Duke had its chances to put a young Carolina team away but never was able to put the final nail in the casket. Freshman Jon Scheyer had a career high 26 points, but even that wasn’t enough to help the Dukies. At 18-6, Duke needs to recapture its traditional magic if they hope to make some noise come tournament time. And with a tremendous void left by Redick’s departure, someone has to become a leader rather quickly. Otherwise, the Blue Devils will be left to cope with their season ending much sooner than seasons past.


One Response to “North Carolina puts blue in Blue Devils”

  1. Prof. Hancock Says:

    Duke, UConn, Mich. State, all top programs that have fallen on hard times.

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