“You’re not stopping them,” Brey said of Duke. “They’re a gifted offensive team. We’ve got to put numbers on the board.” Of course, part of Duke’s offensive firepower can be attributed to their abundance of prospective NBA players. According to Draft Express, the Blue Devils account for four of the top-40 projected selections in the 2017 NBA Draft in Tatum (4th overall), Kennard (20th), Harry Giles (25th), and Allen (39th), plus two first-rounders in the 2018 Draft in Frank Jackson (20th) and Marques Bolden (21st). Notre Dame, on the other hand, has just one guy forecasted to be picked in either of the two upcoming drafts: V.J. Beachem, pegged to go 48th this June. That discrepancy certainly factors into Duke being perceived as the consensus favorite to cut down the Barclays Center’s nets despite the Fighting Irish having won eight of their last nine games and Brey owning Krzyzewski of late. “Now, because we don’t have anybody on Chad Ford’s big board, is that why were overlooked?” Brey hypothesized, referring to ESPN’s NBA Insider. “I think so.” This isn’t the first time Brey has alluded to potential-laden yet unfledged youngsters stealing the spotlight from his veteran-oriented roster. Back in December, he subtly threw some shade at Krzyzewski and the media for aggrandizing Giles’ recovery from a left knee procedure in October.
Coach Brey had to borrow a '15 ACC title ring to make a point after the game.— Notre Dame MBB (@NDmbb) March 11, 2017
There is another one in reach tomorrow night. pic.twitter.com/JhMYdkNQs8
It’s funny how everything—and I do mean everything—comes full circle. Not only has Giles emerged as Duke’s X-factor, stemming from consecutive encouraging performances in his last two games, but there’s also Brey the protégé seeking to once again take out his confidant and professor in Coach K. Photo: USA Today Sports Follow Mike on Twitter Follow Adam Zagoria on Twitter And like ZAGS on Facebook
Mike Brey off the top rope!!! pic.twitter.com/NjDwPnGony— Jim Weber (@JimMWeber) December 9, 2016