Reporting Chris “Mac” McClain
I will admit it, I have flip flopped and changed my pick to Michigan State for tonight’s game. But, it doesn’t mean I think a Duke win is impossible. If the Devils do these things, they will have a shot to make it to the Elite 8 and a possible date with Loisville.
1) Hit the Boards- Michigan St is plus 46 in rebounds for 2 games so far in the tourney. They are 8th in the nation in Rebound margin. Mason Plumlee needs help big time on the Defensive Boards tonight if Duke is going to win.
2) Stop Dribble Penetration- The Spartans strength is not outside shooting. Duke needs to keep Keith Appling and Gary Harris out of the paint and make MSU beat them from deep.
3) Turn them over- MSU’s biggest weakness is its trouble taking care of the ball. If Duke can forces MSU mistakes, they can get out and get some easy hoops (which are hard to come by against MSU’s defense).
4) Drain from Deep- This is last but not least when it comes to Duke’s chances to win. They have struggled at just 27 percent from 3 pt land the last 3 games. Ryan Kelly is 2-17 from three since his 36 point effort against Miami. They could use big efforts from Kelly and the other shooters tonight.