3 Exciting Observations from Duke's Dominant Win Over Miami

Jeremy Roach hit four-of-six three-pointers against the Hurricanes
Jeremy Roach hit four-of-six three-pointers against the Hurricanes / Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports
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3. Ryan Young Had His Best Game of the Year

Ryan Young averages under 12 minutes a game as a senior back-up center. He only played 10 minutes against Miami but certainly made the best of his opportunity.

He had nine rebounds and two assists to go with four points in those 10 minutes, dominating the Hurricanes inside. Wednesday marked just the second time he's reached nine rebounds on the season, and the ability to trust Young is vital moving forward.

Opposing coaches will likely try to get Filipowski into early foul trouble in the most important games. He frequently battled foul trouble near the end of last season and in the NCAA Tournament, leaving Duke short-handed. Young had just nine rebounds total in the last three games combined, but Scheyer should experiment with giving Young a longer leash in preparation for the next couple of months.

Outside of Filipowski, Young is the only center on the roster. As good as Mark Mitchell is, he's undersized when moved to center. Freshmen Sean Stewart and TJ Power are also both only 6'9" and lack experience. Thus, Young's value as a reliable rotation piece is important for Duke's hopes to win a national title.

It was an excellent performance overall and one Blue Devils fans should be thrilled about. They'll take on Wake Forest on the road this Saturday in a great test for this recent hot stretch.

The Demon Deacons are undefeated at home, averaging over 90 points per game in their last four. If Duke comes out on top, they'll quickly rise up the betting odds to hoist a championship.