Our NCAA basketball betting odds expert continues his series of articles on future odds for the 2014-2015 campaign. Today he takes a look at the prospects in the upcoming season for the Duke Blue Devils.
Duke 2014-2015 NCAA Basketball Future Odd
The Duke Blue Devils will once again head into a season in which nothing short of a national championship, or a NCAA Tournament “Final Four” appearance will be acceptable.
The Blue Devils finished last season with a 26-9 overall record including a perfect 17-0 at Cameron Indoor Arena. They finished tied for third in the ACC regular season standings with a 13-5 record, and advanced to the ACC Tournament Finals where they were beaten 83-72 by Virginia. Unfortunately their season came to an unexpected abrupt end when they were shocked as a 13.0 point favorite in the first round of the NCAA Tournament by the Mercer Bears during a 78-71 loss.
The Legend of “Coach K”
Mike Krzyzewski will enter his 34th season as the head coach of Duke University. He possesses a remarkable 884-238 (.788) career record at Duke, including 82-25 (.766) in NCAA Tournament games. His Blue Devils teams have appeared in ten “Final Fours”, and won the national championship on 4 separate occasions. His teams have also captured 11 ACC titles as well.
The Blue Devils have a large task in replacing Jabari Parker and Rodney Hood who both declared early for the NBA Draft. Those two players combined to average 35.2 points per game last season, and were the top two scorers for the Blue Devils. They will also be without the services of Andre Dawkins (7.9 ppg.) who graduated.
Key Returning Players
Last season’s starting point guard Quinn Cook will return. The 6’2 senior averaged 11.6 points, 4.4 assists, and 3.9 rebounds per game a season ago. They will also return junior 3-point sharp shooter Rasheed Sulaimen who averaged 9.9 points per game, and shot a stellar 41% from beyond the arc. Duke will look to 6’9 junior forward Amile Jefferson to assume a larger role this season. Jefferson was a solid contributor last year averaging 6.5 points and 6.9 rebounds per game.
Another Star Freshmen Class Coming Aboard
As per usual “Coach K” and his staff were able to recruit another star studded freshmen class for the upcoming season. Included in the class were three 5-star recruits in 6’1 point guard Tyus Jones, 6’11 center Jahili Okafor, and 6’6 swing forward Justice Winslow. They also were able to capture 4-star 6’4 shooting guard Gayson Allen.
The additions of Pittsburgh and Syracuse last season certainly made the ACC a deeper and even stronger conference that we’ve seen in their glorious past. They do lose Maryland this season to the Big Ten, but add perennial power Louisville into the mix. A lot of Duke’s success will hinge on how quickly the four freshmen are able to step in and contribute. I expect this Duke club to improve as the season moves on, and at this point seems from my standpoint to be a bit overvalued at 9-1 to win it all.