DAVIDSON WILDCATS (7-5)
vs. DUKE BLUE DEVILS (12-0)
Time Warner Cable Arena – Charlotte, NC
Tip-off: Wednesday, 7:00 p.m. ET
Line: Duke -13.5, Total: 149
Davidson will look to take down No. 1 Duke as the two teams square off in Charlotte Wednesday night.
Mike Krzyzewski’s Blue Devils feature a high-powered offense scoring 81.2 PPG (12th best in Division I). Keying that effort is Duke’s top-notch 3-point shooting, where the school has connected at a 41.5% clip this season, fourth-best in the nation. The Wildcats are also strong beyond the arc, hitting 7.9 threes per game on a 39.4% clip, so this game could be settled by the teams’ outside shooting skills.
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Krzyzewski uses a short rotation with this season's team, but he has an elite starting five to depend on, all of whom average double-digit points. National Player of the Year candidate PF Mason Plumlee (19.5 PPG, 11.6 RPG) leads the way, making 64% FG and has been much improved from the charity stripe this season, hitting 69.2% FT. He’s joined in the frontcourt by 6-foot-11 F Ryan Kelly (12.4 PPG, 5.3 RPG) who supplements Plumlee’s post skills with a strong outside shot, hitting 43% of his three-pointers. SG Seth Curry (17.1 PPG) leads the backcourt in scoring and is coming off a career-high 31 points. Freshman G Rasheed Sulaimon (12.2 PPG) has also proven to be an effective scorer and defender in his first campaign. The engine of the offense, though, is PG Quinn Cook (10.8 PPG, 5.9 APG) who has really come into his own in his sophomore year.
The Wildcats feature just two double-digit scorers. F/G De’Mon Brooks (15.2 PPG, 6.1 RPG) leads the way and is a threat from all over at 6-foot-7 and the ability to shoot well. He also has played just 26.8 MPG, making his scoring even more impressive. Fellow F Jake Cohen (12.7 PPG, 5.3 RPG) is the team’s other main scoring threat, and he also leads the team with 1.5 BPG. The other guy to watch is JP Kuhlman (7.9 PPG, 3.8 APG) who leads the team in passing, but his having a down year offensively. The senior guard is making just 39% FG and 31% three-pointers, both well below his career averages. He will need to step up to help the Wildcats keep this close.