Game preview: Duke vs. Michigan

Posted by Laura Keeley on December 3, 2013 

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Duke forward Amile Jefferson (21) warms up before the Michigan game. The Blue Devils battled the Wolverines Tuesday Dec. 3, 2013, at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham.

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No. 10 Duke (6-2) vs. No. 22 Michigan (5-2)

When: 9:20 p.m.

Where: Cameron Indoor Stadium, Durham

TV/Radio: ESPN, WKIX-102.9 FM

Line: Duke by 7

Pregame reading: Duke’s defense was improved against Arizona, statistics show

Pregame listening: I joined the UM Hoops podcast to give some Duke thoughts and make a prediction

Projected starting lineups:

No. 10 Duke (6-2)

G Quinn Cook, Jr., 13.4 ppg, 6.0 apg

G Tyler Thornton, Sr., 2.9 ppg, 2.3 rpg

F Rodney Hood, R-So., 20.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg

F Jabari Parker, 23.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg

F Josh Hairston, 2.3 ppg, 1.9 rpg

 

No. 22 Michigan (5-2)

G Derrick Walton, Jr., Fr. 8.9 ppg, 3.3 apg

G Caris Levert, So., 13.9 ppg, 4.9 rpg

G Nik Stauskas, So., 20.3 ppg, 3.8 rpg

F Glen Robinson III, So., 12.1 ppg, 5.4 rpg

F Mitch McGary, So., 8.2 ppg, 7.8 rpg

Observations:

***Expect Nik Stauskas to play. To this point in the season, he has been the Wolverines best offensive player. More than just a sharpshooter (more than half his attempts have been from behind the arc, and he makes 47.4 percent of them), Stauskas has the ability to make plays off the dribble as well. He’s a 73.9 percent shooter when he gets to the free throw line.

***Like Duke, Michigan is still a work in progress. Much was expected of the Wolverines in the preseason, but injuries and off nights have dealt them two early losses, at Iowa State and versus Charlotte in Puerto Rico.

*** Mitch McGary is not a traditional low-post scorer—he does most of his best work from the top of the paint—but for Michigan to maximize its chances, the Wolverines will need to attack Duke’s soft spot, which is around the rim. Pay close attention to how McGary is used.

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