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Even with injuries, Duke finds Joy in the season

Updated: December 5, 2008, 4:59 PM ET
By Graham Hays

DURHAM, N.C. -- If college basketball is like a puzzle -- and this season seems to be a 1,000-piece monstrosity depicting golf balls caught in an avalanche obscured by a blizzard -- then certain players are corner pieces. When they're on their game, the picture, at least as it appears on any given night, comes together easily. Without them, it's tough to figure out whether you're working with a mountain range or a basket of kittens.

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