Duke head coach Jon Scheyer. Mar 18, 2023; Orlando, FL, USA; Duke Blue Devils head coach Jon Scheyer reacts after losing to the Tennessee Volunteers in the second round of the 2023 NCAA Tournament at Legacy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt Pendleton-USA TODAY Sports

The Duke Blue Devils took on the Tennessee Volunteers in the second round of the 2023 NCAA Tournament Saturday and put together the worst offensive performance in school history in tournament play.

Tennessee’s defense absolutely stifled Duke all game long, largely dominating the game and cruising to a 65-52 victory. Much of their struggles came due to 15 turnovers in the game.

Their 52 points put up ties the lowest number of points that Duke has ever put up in an NCAA Tournament game. The last time they put up 52 points in a tournament game came in a win over Pennsylvania in 1980.  For reference, Duke has made the NCAA Tournament 44 times.

Many around the college basketball world took to social media to offer their opinion on Duke’s extreme offensive struggles.

Duke appeared to be affected in a huge way by a massive pre-game injury diagnosis. Starting forward Mark Mitchell was surprisingly taken out of the starting lineup before the game with a knee injury and did not play.

It was overall a rocky first season for first-year head coach Jon Scheyer. They came into the tournament with a nine-game winning streak. However, they certainly underperformed against a Tennessee team missing their second-leading scorer Zakai Zeigler, who tore his ACL in February.

They will now look to try and rebuild for the 2023-24 season and likely lose a few players to the NBA next season. Fortunately for them, they have another very talented high-school class already committed to joining the program next year.

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About Reice Shipley

Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.