Duke basketball: 3 consistencies key to a final Coach K title

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Necessary Duke basketball consistency: Post supremacy

The final trait all dominant Duke basketball teams have is a truly impactful big man down low. Christian Laettner, Shane Battier, Carlos Boozer, Jahlil Okafor, you get the idea. Heck, even Brian Zoubek got hot toward the end of the 2010 run and, in my opinion, was ultimately the difference that year.

This is the category where I feel the safest going into this season. Now, if you had asked me toward the end of last season, I’d say we better hope for a miracle.

Well, consider us saved. Where were you our whole lives, Mark Williams? The rising sophomore started becoming a question that opposing coaches couldn’t answer with his scoring and rebounding presence.

I should also mention that Williams is a terror at blocking shots with his 7-foot-4 wingspan.

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Oh yeah, I almost forgot to mention incoming grad transfer Theo John; this young man once blocked eight shots in a game for Marquette.

Now that everything from the front end to the rim seems to be covered, it just remains to be seen whether this version of Duke can put it all together.

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It’s one thing to dream about winning titles and having all the pieces on paper. It’s another thing to make it all happen when the whistle blows. But championships, like consistency, take practice, and nobody runs a better practice than Coach K.