FSU (and probably every decent defensive team from here on out) will overplay Henderson's right hand. It may help cut down on his dunks, but he'll most likely still get his points and remain an offensive force.
I'm a little nervous about the game tonight. First and foremost, I always want to see us defend our home court, especially on senior night. It's an important night, not necessarily for going into the postseason, but just for the team as people. It's a special home game, and that makes me a little more anxious that they win. On a purely basketball note, Florida State is a good team, better than they were last time we played, and they present matchup problems for us (and vice versa). We'll have to play very good basketball to win. Finally, I think it's an important game to make sure we go into tournament play on the right note. Our next game is at Chapel Hill and, frankly, that's going to be a hard game to win. Not that we can't win at Chapel Hill, but I know this team doesn't want to go into the tournament on a 2 game losing streak, so losing tonight would put a ton of pressure on them going into a tough game at Chapel Hill.
All that being said, I have faith in this team. They've demonstrated beyond doubt that they are fighters, capable of closing out tough games. I think they'll win. And I have a feeling we'll see Singler break out tonight.
We had Direct TV in the condo in which I am a board member and I was satisfied with the service. Unfortunately, Direct TV wanted some huge payment to continue the service through an antenna we had on the roof and there was no way the condo was going to meet their demands given the availability of the competitive services.
Today's Wall Street Journal gives the following predictions on tonight's games, from AccuScore:
Duke 80.2, Florida State 69.5
Percentage of likely winners:
Wake 57%. Terps 43%
Clemson 92%, Virginia 85%
FSU has a number of young/new players who might be intimidated by glass breaking decibel numbers!
Remember Michigan in 1992 and UNC in 1998.
Go early and be LOUD!
As Coach K wrote in his communique, PROTECT OUR HOUSE!
This game is just as big if not bigger than the Wake game. We need this one for seeding in ACC Tournament, NCAA seeding and for our Seniors. Go Duke!!
I think the VT emphasis on G in the second half (overplaying his right hand) will be a point of emphasis for FSU (or it should be if I was game planning). That means they will either shade him on the right or bring a double team that way. He needs to be able to recognize it and then dish to the open person for (hopefully) a score.
Kyle had a monster second half in Blacksburg. Hopefully he can just continue that into tonight. Jon also has found his touch (more than he was at least, the 30 point effort not withstanding) and his ability to not turn the ball over will be critical if Douglas is going to be guarding him.
So that's the "Triple Threat". We'll also need some banging from Brian, Miles and Lance. If they can hold their ground for the most part, and Paulus and Williams can supplement the big three, I see a successful conclusion to the home season
diesel - That has happened to me as well. I believe that you have 15-20 minutes after posting to edit the post before the Edit feature disappears.
I have FSU winning big..... 82 to 69. Dukes lack of depth was exposed by Maryland and will be abused by FSU. Coach K should have played some other players earlier in the year especially in some of those blowouts. Depth will also have them out of ACC Tourny early as well.
Lack of depth exposed by Maryland?
hmmm...let me think...Maryland had two big home games recently against UNC and Duke; in one of those games, the visitors ran out of gas and lost, and in one of those games, the visitors pulled away late to win.
Did you perhaps get your Maryland games crossed up?
I don't think if you have Directv you would be able to get all of the Duke games. I have Directv and have been annoyed all season and seasons past by games I couldn't get or were blacked out. I missed the Wake game on the 22nd b/c of this. I was ready to pay any sum of money to get the game and was forced to get it in slow stream on espn 360. I have forewarned my husband that next year, I am getting whatever package allows me access to all of the Duke games. Fortunately, I live in FL and the game tonight is on a local station (33 for you South Floridan denizens), otherwise, I wouldn't necessarily pick it up. It is very, very aggravating and I too thought access to all things Duke basketball came with my diploma.
I verified tonight's game is on My 20 (channel 20), WDCA. No cable is necessary, but it's certainly also available if you have cable:
Also, you can watch it live from the Raycom streaming site directly at http://raycom.swarmcast.com/ if you live in ME, VT, NH, MA, RI, MD-DC, VA, NC, SC, GA or FL.
I'm planning to VPN onto Duke's network and then watch it through Raycom...
HMMM...Nope I don't think I got my MD games confused. Duke pulled away from a very mediocre Terps team who was without their star G Vasquez 22 minutes. In addition had MD hit their free throws (64%) normally (86%) than Duke gets the L. You can't have much depth when your starters play 170/200 minutes. FSU bench outscores Dukes bench by 20-24 pts. Lets chat again Weds.
2 Kyle Singler f 37 minutes
42 Lance Thomas f 28 minutes
15 Gerald Henderson g 37 minutes
20 Elliot Williams g 31 minutes
30 Jon Scheyer g 37 minutes
We'd certainly like to have Nolan Smith back, and expect him back soon. But, I'm not sure depth will be a determining factor tonight, or in some other key games in March.
Maryland shoots 86% FT? I'm guessing that would be some sort of record if true (of course, it's not actually true). If they had shot closer to their average they would have scored between 2 and 3 more points and likely still lost.
As for minutes played, the Duke starters played about as much as the UNC starters versus Maryland. Of course Nolan Smith getting a concussion and David McClure still recovering from the flu probably had a lot to do with Duke's usage of their bench.
But IF you are so sure Duke is going to lose by double figures tonight oh Nostradamus of college basketball take your money to Vegas and put it on the line. Then if you're correct you can blog us from the Bahamas and if you're wrong you'll be close to UNLV. I think they doubted Duke too at one point if my memory serves me correctly.
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