Duke, which fell to No. 6 in the polls and was replaced at No. 1 by Kentucky, will host William & Mary (2-1) for the first of a four-game home stretch on Wednesday. The Blue Devils (4-1) are coming off an in-season tournament championship after beating Rhode Island at Mohegan Sun Arena on Sunday in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off title game.
Half of Duke’s star freshman class, Marques Bolden, Harry Giles and Jayson Tatum, remain benched due to injury-related issues. No playing date has been set for any of them.
1. Duke has balanced scoring despite its depth issues
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Five players have finished scoring in double-figures in each game this season, including rookie guard Frank Jackson. He’s had five double-figure games; he had his first start in Uncasville, Conn., during the Hall of Fame Tip-Off championship over Rhode Island and has twice led the team in scoring. Luke Kennard is leading Duke with 18.2 points a game.
2. Amile Jefferson is starting strong
Before the graduate student forward went down with a foot injury last year, he was averaging a double-double. After back-to-back games with at least 15 points and 15 rebounds during the Tip-Off tournament, he’s back at it (13 points, 10 rebounds a game). Jefferson has also shouldered much of the frontcourt weight without Bolden and now with a limited Chase Jeter, who hurt his ankle Saturday.
3. Matt Jones is the minute man
The senior guard is leading the team with 36.2 minutes a game. In the last three games, he’s played 115 of a possible 120. One of Duke’s double-figure scorers, Jones is averaging 12.2 points in that time.
William & Mary at Duke
When: 7 p.m. Wednesday
Where: Cameron Indoor Stadium, Durham