While Ferry develops, Duke can always go with last season's most effective frontcourt of Alarie, Bilas and Henderson. The 6'8", 225-pound Bilas realizes that his chances for flourishing as a forward are slim. "Coach says, 'Don't think of yourself as a center,' " says Bilas. "But when you have to guard the other team's center all the time, you can't help it." And Krzyzewski can also go with Ferry and Bilas, plus Alarie.
Krzyzewski leaped at the opportunity to play in the new 16-team season-opening Big Apple NIT, the better to test his various lineups. "I hope we win," he says, "but more important, I hope we get to play four games." If the Devils get to play four games following the ACC season and tournament, they will have arrived—in Dallas.