Duke is making jumpers, which is good for Duke
Posted on: March 22, 2008 2:36 pm
BIRMINGHAM, Ala -- Duke is hitting its 3-point attempts early against West Virginia, and that's the biggest difference between the Blue Devils that nearly won the ACC regular-season title and the Blue Devils that nearly lost to Belmont in the first round of the NCAA tournament. I realize that sounds simple, but it's arguable no elite team relies on its ability to make jumpers to be successful more than Duke.
Because contrary to what a roster full of McDonald's All-Americans might suggest, Duke is not the type of team that overwhelms opponents with talent and athleticism the way a North Carolina or Kansas or Memphis does. For Duke to be great it needs to make jumpers and really defend, and anything short of that could have the Blue Devils struggling with anybody.
And by anybody, I mean Belmont.