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 dont lie about Dukes 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
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).
Duke hasnt 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.