Duke basketball falls to Virginia Tech with Grayson Allen suspended

Duke is playing with Grayson Allen for the foreseeable future. With the physically gifted but controversy spawning Blue Devil suspended indefinitely following his third tripping scandal, Duke appears to have a lot more holes then anybody was aware of.

In its game against Virginia Tech, Duke allowed itself to go into the half with a huge 16-point deficit.

Duke ultimately lost, 89-75.

The defense appears to have the most ground to make up. Surrendering 89 points a to Hokies team that played a relatively weak non-conference schedule, coach Kryzeweski might have his work cut out for him. The offensive struggles, of which there were plenty, were overshadowed by inability to get stops on the other end of the floor.

With Allen out, a number of the lauded Duke freshman got to see extended time on the floor, and were generally found wanting. The expectations for the group were high, and they still are, though it appears they still have a number of adjustments to make.

Following this kind of loss, it is difficult to make a case for Duke as a likely National Championship contender. Without Allen, they appear to be only a middling team.

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