Game preview: Duke basketball vs. Alabama

Posted by Laura Keeley on November 26, 2013 

Scoring hasn't been a problem for Duke, as they rank No. 1 in terms of points per possession and adjusted offensive efficiency

CHUCK LIDDY

Duke vs. Alabama

When: 9:30 p.m.

Where: Madison Square Garden, New York

TV/radio: ESPN, WKIX-102.9 FM

Line: Duke by 7.5

Pregame reading: Advanced stats don’t lie about Duke’s defense

Projected starting lineups:

No. 6 Duke (5-1)

G Quinn Cook, Jr., 12.8 ppg, 7.2 rpg

G Rasheed Sulaimon, So., 8.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg

F Rodney Hood, R-So., 21.8 ppg, 5.2 rpg

F Jabari Parker, Fr. 23.0 ppg, 8.8 rpg

F Amile Jefferson, So., 7.7 ppg, 4.0 rpg

Alabama (3-1)

G Retin Obasohan, R-So., 15.5 ppg, 2.5 apg

G Trevor Releford, Sr., 18.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg

G Rodney Cooper, Jr., 7.3 ppg, 6.8 rpg

G Levi Randolph, Jr., 9.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg

F Jimmie Taylor, Fr., 2.8 ppg, 3.8 rpg

Player to watch:

Rodney Hood, forward, Duke

If the Blue Devils are going to become more competitive on the glass, look for Hood to start crashing the boards more. Rebounding is mental, he likes to say. Hood has shown an ability to adjust to coaching (after reviewing film of missed scoring opportunities in the Kansas game with Mike Krzyzewski, he poured in 28 against Florida Atlantic).

Observations:

Duke hasn’t lost more than one game in November since the 1999-00 season, when the Blue Devils started 0-2…Duke is 24-2 all-time in the NIT Season Tip-Off, winning the event in 1985, 2000, 2005 and 2009.

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