Originally posted on Duke Blog  |  Last updated 11/29/11
I expect the guards from Ohio State to put pressure on the Duke guards, and keep them off of the three point arc. Duke will have to take care of the ball and expect sophomore guard Aaron Craft to be in waiting if they do not, Craft averages 3.5 steals per game. Austin Rivers especially will have to be aware and keep the turnovers to a minimum, valuing the ball should be his mantra. I expect Ohio State to try to bottle up Seth Curry and stagnate the Duke offense. There were signs of this against Kansas, I’m sure via former Dukie Greg Paulus, this was shown and emphasized in film review. I expect Duke to try to run offense, make the extra pass to try to fee up shooters but still run when possible. Ohio State isn’t overly impressive from three and if Duke can get a solid presence down low with Mason Plumlee then things might open up some from beyond the arc, this may be Dukes lone advantage. If Duke is unable to get off from three then the mid-range game is going to have to rule, controlled
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