How Duke basketball can get back on track against feisty Pittsburgh

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Duke basketball must have a better start against Pittsburgh

Perhaps the biggest issue for the Blue Devils this season is their slow starts.

Duke has been down double-digits in each of its three losses as well as in its win over Boston College.

Rallying against the Eagles is much different than trying to dig yourself out of a hole against Michigan State, Illinois, and Virginia Tech.

Pittsburgh is another team that can get very hot from the field, scoring 64 points in the second half in its win over Syracuse on Saturday afternoon.

With many questions on offense aside from Matthew Hurt, the Blue Devils cannot keep relying on their sophomore forward to shoot them out of trouble, something he did against Virginia Tech before the offense never made a real effort to get him the ball in the final four minutes.

If Duke sees itself down more than 10 points early in the first half, it could be a long night for the Blue Devils. This has already felt like a long season despite eight games being played, and it’s only mid-January.