Duke basketball: 3 takeaways from disappointing ACC Championship loss

Duke basketball forward AJ Griffin (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
Duke basketball forward AJ Griffin (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports) /
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Duke basketball takeaways in loss to Virginia Tech: 


It felt like Duke did not know Virginia Tech was a lethal 3-point shooting team on Saturday night.

Not only did the Hokies have open looks, but their guards also toyed with the Blue Devils.

Virginia Tech would use ball screens on the perimeter to get a switch on either Paolo Banchero or Mark Williams, and then Hunter Cattoor and Storm Murphy would go to work.

Nothing felt difficult for the Hokies in Brooklyn. They got anything they wanted from anywhere on the floor.

The communication from the Blue Devils was nonexistent, and there was nothing Mike Krzyzewski could do.

However, this was not a one-game issue. The defense has not been good since last Saturday against North Carolina.

Teams are abusing high ball screens to get favorable matchups, and there has been little adjustment from the Blue Devils on how they are defending in those situations.

The inexperience from Duke showed, and the team will have less experience in NCAA Tournament games, which makes things even more worrisome.