To start the new year and following a 31 point outburst to help Duke survive Santa Clara, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski made a change.
On Tuesday, senior guard Seth Curry was named a captain, forming a trio seniors captains, along with Mason Plumlee and Ryan Kelly.
“It is a great honor to be named captain,” said Curry on Tuesday. “I have been trying to lead all year, so it is great to have Coach K honor me by putting that label next to my name along with Ryan and Mason.”
“Our three seniors have really been the leaders of our team,” added Krzyzewski. “From the spring Ryan and Mason were named co-captains but Seth has been one of the leaders since then. It seems only natural that all three of them should be tri-captains. It is an honor and we are really happy to make it official.”
However, Curry’s first game as a Duke captain wasn’t spectacular. In a 67-50 win against Davidson on Wednesday night, the newest Blue Devil captain struggled with only six points, off 3-of-11 shooting, with three assists.
Curry entered the game with plenty of emotion. First the obvious reason, Curry was coming off the heels of a big game, followed by receiving the honor of being named captain. Add that to playing in his hometown of Charlotte against his brother’s alma mater, which sparked Stephen Curry to tweet that he wished his brother dropped 30 on his former team.
Everybody ask me who I’m rooting for tonight. Hope @sdotcurry goes for 30+. But I’m a bandwagon fan all night lol
— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) January 2, 2013
Duke made an effort to get Curry the ball early and often, as he took the first three shots. Seven seconds in Curry got an open three, one of the two he took on the night (airing the other), which he missed, followed by coming up way short on the floater in the lane. With eight minutes to go in the half, it looked like Curry was getting in rhythm as he connected on a layup and a pull up jumper on consecutive trips down the floor.
Curry is still not 100 percent and the aggressive Davidson defense took away a lot of looks Curry had, which also happened Plumlee. This is why Duke is No. 1 in the nation. When two starters are held in check, other players step up. Kelly was big with a team-high 18 points and seven boards, while Quinn Cook chipped in 15.
The sophomore point guard only had a pair of assists on Wednesday, averaging 5.6 on the season, but his development continues to be key for Curry and the rest of the Blue Devils’ offense. Duke’s offensive is always going to spread the floor, with multiple players being able to hit from deep. With Cook playing the role as facilitator, Cook, even with problems with his legs, will be able to float around the perimeter for open looks.
Bad game, forgettable night, but don’t look too much into it
Terrence Payne is the interim editor for Devils in Durham. Follow him on Twitter@terrence_payne