Yeah, it used to be a hallmark of Duke basketball that we peaked in March. I disagree that we couldn't have been tired though. We have pretty much cut our bench down alot the past few seasons by the time March rolls around. Players don't play in games unless they earn PT in practice, but it might be a good idea to get some guys in the games even if it's only to have some fuel left in our starters by March. I'd rather lose some games in Jan/Feb if it means winning a few more in March. I mean... we're losing games in February now anyway, huh?
As a lifelong Duke fan it's hard for me to critisize, as I hold Coach K in the highest reverence, but every year, my friends who aren't Duke guys tell me that they think Duke looks tired. I also hear about how great our conditioning programs are, but maybe they're so good that it wears our guys out. When you're missing threes at the end of the season, the obvious explanation is that you're tired. It would be one thing if shortening the bench every year was working, but it hasn't worked well at all. It's only worked to cause guys to transfer... although I'm not sure if Jamal Boykin was good enough to play at Duke in the first place. Yet difficult to say, as I only saw him play about 3 minutes. I did see Taylor King and Nolan Smith put up 20 in 2007... and then they were gone, only to reappear briefly this weekend.