Have you ever tried to shoot fish in a barrel? Neither have I, but I bet it would bee pretty easy. Tonight the Duke Blue Devils host Spartan Fish as the Spartans of UNCG head to the unfriendly confines of Cameron Indoor Stadium. It is no secret that the Spartans are a bad team. Their 2-9 record speaks for itself.
The Duke Blue Devils are having a typical season so far. They not only helped Coach K break 903, they keep winning. Currently at 9-1, they have the ACC’s best record. Their lone loss on the season was at the hands of The Ohio State University in their worst game of the year to date.
Tonight’s game is a perfectly scheduled welcome back from finals game. It is time to put the pencils down and pick up the ball! This is the first game in eight days; while rust could be a factor against a team of this skill set they shouldn’t have a problem at all.
UNCG would be hard pressed to find a tougher venue to play this top ten team. The Devils have won an impressive 40 straight at home and are on the brink of setting their all time longest home winning streak! Defeating UNCG will tie the mark. Furthermore, they have the nation’ longest home non-conference winning streak at 90 games, and haven’t been defeated by a non-conference foe at home in eleven years. In addition to the home streak, Coach K has never been defeated by these Spartans with a record of 9-0.
On the season, Duke has been led by athletic guard Seth Curry. He leads the team in playing time and was the clear cut favorite to be the go to guy throughout the season. As the year progresses Austin Rivers is starting to steal some of that title. Rivers has led the team in scoring averaging 17.4 ppg in his last seven games. It appears that he is really starting to grow in this offense and he just might be the player Duke faithful expected. One can only wonder what a back court of Kyrie Irving and Austin Rivers would look like right now…
The front court or Plum-Land has been full of the brothers grim all season. Their progression is still a work in progress but there is hope that they will continue to grow. On the season they have pulled down a combines 149 rebounds and scored 190 points. This isn’t a huge stat in terms of overall production but it is 24% of all Duke scoring on the season.
Duke’s wild card seems to by Ryan Kelly. His hight and ability to expand the court against other big men allows the Plumlees to work the middle. His ability to shoot also creates opportunities for others as teams are forced to extend their defense and challenge Kelly.
Prediction: UNCG has a better shot at seeing Bigfoot on the team bus than beating Duke at home. Duke by 30! Rivers will lead all scorers with around 20, Mason will lead all players in dunks, and Dawkins will lead everyone with deep treys.