Originally posted on Fox Sports Ohio  |  Last updated 11/29/11
Five thoughts heading into the biggest college basketball game of the early season -- Duke at Ohio State: 1. I cant wait to watch the backcourt matchups of Ohio States Aaron Craft and William Buford vs. Dukes Seth Curry and Austin Rivers. Craft is perhaps the best backcourt defender in college basketball, and as thehoopsreport.com wrote, Craft's lateral quickness makes it tough for his opponents to get into their offensive sets, which is exactly what Duke prides itself on doing. 2. Obviously, the battle between OSUs Jared Sullinger and Dukes big men is expected to be the key to the game. And you can expect Sullinger to see a lot of double teams from the Plumlee brothers (Mason and Miles), as well as Blue Devils power forward Ryan Kelly -- who has been superb. In my opinion, tonight is Sullingers biggest test as a collegian. 3. Ohio State forward Deshaun Thomas probably shoots too much, but I like him anyway. If hes hitting those shots, the Devils are gonna have a had time keeping up. If Thomas is too far off, then the Buckeyes likely have no chance. 4. Duke has fared well against Top 25 teams so far -- having defeated Michigan, Michigan State and Kansas. It would only be natural for the Blue Devils to slip up against someone, somewhere. A good guess is it will happen against a top-notch team like Ohio State in its own building. Then again, these are so often the type of game a Mike Krzyzewski-coached team wins. 5. No matter what happens, its games like this that make college basketball so awesome. Theres just so much passion, so much brilliant coaching, so many guys who will never play in the NBA but who are still so worth of your attention. Prediction: Ohio State by five. And yes, I picked Duke on Twitter earlier. So basically, I cannot be wrong. Just dont ask me which pick I actually believe.
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