February 15, 2007

Win at BC helps point Duke in right direction

The talk leading up to Wednesday night's Duke win at Boston College was that the Blue Devils were done and already halfway in their grave for the 2006-07 season.

While one win doesn't suddenly make the Blue Devils Final Four material, the way they won showed they have the potential to answer a few of the key questions that have followed this team.

Consider four of them below:

1) Does Duke have a go to player?

Josh McRoberts did his best Wednesday to show he can be this guy. From the 10:36 mark of the first half to the 12:53 mark of the second half, McRoberts completely dominated the game.

During that approximately 23 minute stretch, McRoberts scored all 18 of his points, grabbed four rebounds, distributed three assists, and added three steals.

He scored on alley-oops, he scored on offensive putbacks, he scored on a 12 foot jump hook, he scored on cuts and drives. That's not even counting what he did for his teammates with his steals that led to transition opportunities and assists that led a pair of three pointers and eight points overall.

McRoberts' play was superb, but perhaps more importantly his on floor leadership was effective and needed. As Boston College whittled the lead down to as low as six points, McRoberts was a calming influence. He had a key assist to DeMarcus Nelson for a three pointer with less than five minutes remaining to push the lead back to 14 points.

Replicating that performance on a consistent basis wouldn't be easy for anybody, but McRoberts stated unequivocally with his play Wednesday night that when his game is on, Duke has a true difference maker.

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