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Five reasons for optimism, five for pessimism as Duke begins its season

Jonathan M. Alexander, The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) on

Published in Basketball

Allen has looked good in the preseason. He's scored with ease, and made plays for his teammates. He has been a lot more aggressive. He put up big numbers against Bowie State. Allen had 21 points, 11 assists and five rebounds. When asked what's different about him compared to last season, Allen said the main thing is he's finally healthy.

"I'm more athletic, I'm not hurt. That helps." he said. "I'm able to drive and attack like I want to. I think I'm under control more, especially with the ball, and not just driving into 7-footers all the time.

"I like to play at 100 miles per hour, but you know just kind of switching that up and slowing it down helps."

-- 4. The freshmen look like they can play

Trent Jr., Wendell Carter Jr. and Marvin Bagley have shown that they have the potential to score. Trent has shown he can hit the mid-range jump shot consistently. Carter has shown some post moves, and Bagley can do it all. They seem confident heading into the season too. One will likely be Duke's second leading scorer.

"The quality of players that they have," Trent said of what makes the team special. "They can just play the game. They are smart. They don't do too much. Everybody knows their role and everybody is here for one bigger picture and one goal."

 

-- 5. Duke has one of the best coaches in college basketball

In 43 years as a head coach and 38 years at Duke, Krzyzewski has been through and seen it all. He has the most wins of any coach in NCAA Division I college basketball history. And he's two wins from 1,000 wins at Duke.

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