I'd love to do a detailed breakdown of the specific challenges and weaknesses Miami brings to the table, but this game seems all about Duke. That is to say, what are we bringing to the court today? Are we going to bring the intensity and focus we had against Va Tech? Because, if we do, we should win this game.
Okay, now an attempt to bring our opponent into the picture. Miami's defense is ranked 110 in Kenpom (hey hey, we improved all the way up to 89 after the VT game!). We should be able to get things done both inside and out, and I hope we focus on getting the ball in low. Reggie Johnson needs to get in foul trouble, and if the ball is consistently going inside to Mason and Miles in the first half, or if Austin is getting to the rim on penetration, Johnson's got a good chance to spend a chunk of this game on the pine. Miami's guards are talented, but Grant has been struggling (36% shooting on the year) while Scott has been underwhelming from the 3 (32%). If our perimeter guys can stay in front of those guards, and keep Miami out of the lane, their offense should struggle to score.
That's a few ifs, of course. But our big guys are capable of dominating inside against Miami, and our guards are capable of limiting their perimeter scoring.
Brian Zoubek on what was going through his mind walking to the free throw line with 3.6 seconds remaining in the 2010 National Championship game and Duke up by 1: "Fifty percent [of me is] thinking, This is what I've been dreaming of doing my entire life. Fifty percent I'm crapping my pants."