Jon Scheyer spent the week with a shot consultant, but the Duke guard has undergone a good deal of shooting-motion self-analysis.HOUSTON, Texas — It's not as though
There's nothing wrong with his delivery that bagging a couple of early three-pointers Friday night against Purdue in the South Regional semifinals won't fix.
But just in case the shooting problem continues to elude correction for the team's top scorer, the Blue Devils' Plan A for this NCAA Tournament hasn't changed.
"We'll still rely on our defense more than anything else," Scheyer said Thursday in Reliant Stadium. "As long as we play great defense, we'll be OK. That doesn't change no matter who's hitting and who's not."
Of late, it's been mostly "not" for the senior centerpiece of Duke's offense. In two easy early-round wins this past weekend over Arkansas-Pine Bluff and California in Jacksonville, Fla., Scheyer went a combined 5-for-18, including 1-for-11 against California. He hasn't had a genuinely big shooting show since going 8-for-14 at Virginia on Feb. 28.
After Sunday's results in the second round, Scheyer went back to Durham and spent some quality time with himself in the film room as the top-seeded Devils (31-5) prepared for the fourth-seeded Boilermakers (29-5). He even woke up one night, turned on the television and saw ESPN analyst Doug Gottlieb breaking down a scouting report in which Scheyer was sized up as a good-right, bad-left marksman when shooting on the move.
"But mechanically, I don't think there's anything wrong," Scheyer said. "I think against Cal, I started thinking too much and tried to guide a few shots, and a couple of times, I think I had my feet maybe kicked out too wide on the release. But there's nothing specific I need to change."
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