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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3. Jeremy Roach's Hot Streak Isn't Slowing Down

Roach may be the x-factor hiding in plain sight for Duke's national championship dreams. He had 19 points on 8-11 shooting, including going 3-4 from beyond the arc, making it the fifth consecutive game he's shot at least 50% from three-point range at good volume.

Coming into the year, the senior's career-high three-point shooting percentage was 34.3%. It's 48% this season on 3.6 attempts a game. Roach's development into one of the best shooters in all of college basketball spreads out defenses and lets Filipowski and Mitchell work down low, significantly elevating the ceiling of the Blue Devils' offense.

Forcing defenses to respect his range gives Roach space to attack the paint. Even on this play, he could've kicked it out for an open three-pointer, though there's nothing wrong with taking the points on an impressive lay-up either.

Since January 29th, Roach is 21 of 40 from beyond the arc. That's a legitimate sample size and you can see his confidence growing in every game. When the offense breaks down and Duke needs a capable shot-maker, they can trust Roach will find a look with a real chance at success.

The Blue Devils have three rotational players shooting over 40% from three, not to mention Filipowski and Tyrese Proctor. With so many players that can get hot, Duke's offense presents an impossible problem for defenses to solve.

If Roach can maintain this scoring prowess into March, good luck beating this team unless you've got some flame-throwers ready too.

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