3 Big Observations From Duke's Dominant Win Over Louisville

Jeremy Roach scored 19 points on 11 shots in Duke's win over Louisville
Jeremy Roach scored 19 points on 11 shots in Duke's win over Louisville / Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports
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Duke bounced back from a tight loss to Wake Forest with a dominant 84-59 performance against the woeful Louisville Cardinals, pulling back within a game of North Carolina for the ACC lead with three left to play.

The Blue Devils take on Virginia and NC State before a home showdown with the Tar Heels to close the regular season, giving Duke an opportunity to at least tie for a conference championship. Kyle Filipowski returned without much trouble and the offense was firing on all cylinders, though Louisville is the worst team in the ACC by a wide margin.

You're supposed to beat up on bad teams and that's exactly what the Blue Devils did. With another home contest slated for Saturday against the Cavaliers, here's a look at three big observations from the comfortable win:

3 Big Observations From Duke's Win Over Louisville

1. Kyle Filipowski Looked Great Despite Knee Soreness

There were questions about Filipowski's status after he was hobbled during Wake Forest's court-storming bonanza on Saturday, but the star played 29 efficient minutes and didn't appear to have any lingering effects.

He finished with nine points on 50% shooting, 10 rebounds, six assists and a block, though he was a bit sloppy with four turnovers and fouls. Duke dominated the glass, out-rebounding Louisville 43-24, and Filipowski was the biggest reason why.

Averaging 16.6 points and 8.3 rebounds per game, Filipowski's improvement as a facilitator and defender gives the Blue Devils a real chance to win the NCAA Tournament. He's nearly doubled his assists per game average while notching 1.6 blocks and a steal per contest, showcasing a finer understanding buoyed by becoming a legitimate three-point threat as well.

Louisville is a horrendous defensive team, ranking 344th in opponent effective field goal percentage (54.2%), but Filipowski's performance was impressive either way.

He's got 15 assists in his last three games, allowing Jeremy Roach and Mark Mitchell more space to operate. That's a major development for the Blue Devils' outlook moving forward.