Duke basketball: 4 studs, 3 duds as Blue Devils highlight flaws

Duke basketball center Mark Williams (Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports)
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Duke basketball point guard Jeremy Roach (Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports) /

Duke basketball players who were duds against Lafayette: 

Jeremy Roach

In 33 minutes of action, the Duke basketball point guard was held scoreless on six shot attempts but did have five assists in the win.

It was the first time this season in which Jeremy Roach was held scoreless and the first time since the season opener against Kentucky in which he had less than ten points.

Roach looked like he took a step forward this season on the offensive end, but Friday night was a step backwards in his development.

Joey Baker

Much like Jeremy Roach, Joey Baker also looked like he took a major step forward entering his senior season.

However, the captain was held to just five points on 2-of-8 shooting from the field, 1-of-5 from downtown, in 16 minutes against Lafayette.

Baker was also held to his lowest point total since opening night in Madison Square Garden, where he only scored two points.

An off shooting night for Baker is a natural occurrence, but it’s better to get it out of the way against Lafayette than Gonzaga.

Paolo Banchero

It was also a rare off night for Paolo Banchero, who just could not get in a rhythm on Friday.

The reigning ACC Player of the Week was just 4-for-12 with 11 points, six rebounds, and three assists, but he was an encouraging 2-of-3 from downtown.

Do not expect Paolo Banchero to have many off nights during his season in Durham, but Friday night was definitely one of them.

4 studs, 2 duds from bizarre night at Cameron Indoor. dark. Next