Mike Decourcy: Duke Can Score Their Way To the Final Four
Mike DeCourcy, the senior college basketball writer for the Sporting News joined the Mac Attack to talk about a must win game for NC State, visiting Duke, is Virginia for real and how far Duke can go in March.
On NC State’s chances against UNC: They have played well against other terrifc teams, with the Syracuse game being the best example. They have to control the basketball and they can’t play at Carolina’s pace and expect to win.
On UNC’s play of late: They’re playing like a team that is top 10-15ish. Maybe I’m underestimating a little bit, holding out some judgment, because they don’t shoot it great. Carolina’s one of those teams that people have made up their mind about and put in the category with Wisconsin and and a few others. People have made up their minds and aren’t paying any attention to what they’re seeing.
On visiting coaches in Cameron: A lot of coaches have come to believe that’s the one place you don’t get a call. What’s funny about that, is it’s really not true. There are home courts around America where you’re probably not getting a call. There’s a mythology around Cameron, people look at it as somehow apart from other places.
On Duke: Offensively, they are as overpowering as almost anybody, especially anybody who doesn’t have a true inside post game. From the perimeter they are about as lethal as anybody I can remember seeing. To win the last couple (in the tournament), they’ve got to figure out how to stop the ball from going to the rim. I don’t think they get that Rodney Hood call, if they’re in Dallas. They’re a team that can score it’s way to the Final Four, but I just don’t see how you win those final two games without being able to get the big stop.
On Marshall Plumlee: When K’s talking about cutting the rotation, I’m not sure who exactly he intends to pare out of it. I would hope Plumlee would not be one of those, because I do think he has a great value.