Sunday, March 3, 2013

Ryan Kelly Back in Blue


Coming into Saturday's game against Miami, Duke was still searching for the team that had started 15-0. They had gone 9-4 against the ACC since that hot start, and had done so without Ryan Kelly. The senior swingman had been the catalyst for the Blue Devils, shooting 50+% from three-point land, and stretching his 6'10'' length to guard bigs and wingmen.

Nobody knew how Kelly would contribute in Duke's rematch with the Hurricanes, let alone how many minutes he would play. The mystery surrounding his foot injury had Blue Devil fans in a panic. They recalled how Kyrie Irving missed much of the 2010-2011 season and buried Duke's title hopes.

After missing his first shot early in the first half, this situational SnapCall asked users to make the call on how he responds over the rest of the half. Would he only be able to play 7-10 minutes? How much rust would his jumper have on it? Or would he catch fire and carry the Blue Devils?

Few could have predicted the shooting clinic to unfold, so of course we rewarded 10+ with top points for this question. After his initial miss, Kelly finished the half 7 for 9 from the field and an astounding 5 for 6 from three-point range. He scored 20 of Duke's 34 points in the frame, keeping them in the game when Miami looked like they were taking control in the first half.

Ryan Kelly is the ultimate X-factor. The verdict is still out if his foot will hold up, but his return could make Duke co-favorites with Indiana to cut the nets in early April.

Keeping up on what Ryan Kelly is capable of doing may give you the edge as SnapCall heats up in March.

Download SnapCall at the iTunes App Store and let us know if you predicted Kelly's big performance.


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