Game preview: Duke vs. UCLA

Posted by Laura Keeley on December 19, 2013 

No. 8 Duke vs. UCLA

When: 7:30 p.m.

Where: Madison Square Garden, New York

TV/Radio: ESPN, WKIX-102.9 FM

Line: Duke by 5

Pregame reading: The young guns have the scoring, and two veterans -- Quinn Cook and Andre Dawkins -- are set to provide the glue

Projected starting lineup:

No. 8 Duke (8-2)

G Quinn Cook, Jr., 14.7 ppg, 6.6 aps

G Tyler Thornton, Sr., 3.3 ppg, 2.5 rpg

F Rodney Hood, R-So., 18.9 ppg, 5.0 rpg

F Jabari Parker, Fr., 22.0 ppg, 7.6 rpg

F Josh Hairston, Sr., 2.4 ppg, 1.8 rpg

UCLA (9-1)

G/F Kyle Anderson, So., 13.8 ppg, 6.7 apg

G Jordan Adams, So., 21.2 ppg, 4.6 rpg

G Norman Powell, Jr., 12.2 ppg, 2.7 rpg

F David Wear, R-Sr., 7.2 ppg, 4.8 rpg

F Travis Wear, R-Sr., 6.1 ppg, 2.3 rpg

Player to watch:

Kyle Anderson, point guard, UCLA

Despite standing 6-foot-9 and playing mostly as a forward last year, Anderson is the point guard for the Bruins. Size alone (he’s also 230 pounds) will make him a tough matchup. In addition to his points and assists numbers, Anderson averages 8.7 rebounds per game. He’s the only player in college basketball to average at least 10 points, seven rebounds and six assists per game. Anderson already has one triple-double on the year, Nov. 22 against Morehead State (23 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists).

Look for Quinn Cook to draw the Anderson assignment on the defensive end for Duke.

Observations:

UCLA is ranked No. 22 in the Coaches poll and trails No. 25 Iowa by just three points in the AP poll. The Bruins have yet to play a ranked team and lost their only road game, 80-71, at Missouri on Dec. 7. UCLA is ranked 195th in terms of non conference strength of schedule. Duke ranks No. 154 in that category.

Travis Wear (yes, he and twin brother David began their careers at UNC) has only started one game this year, UCLA’s most recent contest against Prairie View A&M. Wear was diagnosed with an appendicitis in late October and missed the Bruins’ first three games.

This could be one of the more high-scoring games of the season: UCLA ranks 12th nationally in terms of adjusted offensive efficiency and fifth nationally with an average of 89.1 points per game. Duke ranks as the second-best offensive team, per Ken Pomeroy’s adjusted offensive efficiency ranking, and average 86 points per game (tied for 18th-best nationally).

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