No. 23 Duke vs. Virginia
When: 7 p.m.
Where: Cameron Indoor Stadium, Durham
TV/Radio: ESPN, WKIX-102.9 FM
Line: Duke by 6.5 points
Projected starting lineups:
No. 23 Duke (12-4, 1-2 in the ACC)
G Quinn Cook, Jr., 13.6 ppg, 6.1 apg
G Rasheed Sulaimon, So., 7.2 ppg, 2.6 rpg
F Rodney Hood, R-So., 18.6 ppg, 4.7 rpg
F Jabari Parker, Fr., 19.5 ppg, 7.6 rpg
F Amile Jefferson, So., 6.3 ppg, 6.3 rpg
Virginia (12-4, 3-0)
G London Perrantes, Fr., 4.6 ppg, 3.4 apg
G Malcolm Brogdon, R-So., 9.9 ppg, 5.5 rpg
G Joe Harris, Sr., 10.1 ppg, 5.3 rpg
F Akil Mitchell, Sr., 6.6 ppg, 6.4 rpg
C Mike Tobey, So., 7.1 ppg, 4.7 rpg
Player to watch:
Mike Tobey, Virginia
Assume this will be a post player for the foreseeable future. Virginia is already used to running its offense through the 6-foot-11, 253-pound Tobey, who has the highest usage percentage of any Cavalier (26.2 percent of offensive possessions when hes on the floor end with him).
Rodney Hoods thoughts jumped ahead to the Virginia game in the aftermath of Saturdays loss at Clemson.
"Its a quick turnaround, we have Virginia, another tough team," he said. "A mature team. If we dont get it right, well, well," he said before pausing. "I dont want to think about it."
Maturity, along with toughness, was one of the buzzwords being offered up in the Duke locker room to explain the head-scratching loss to Clemson.
"Weve just got to understand that we dont get these games back. Every game in the ACC means something," Tyler Thornton said. "Coach has said it all year, were not guaranteed any postseason position in the NCAA Tournament, and thats the ultimate goal. But weve got to handle these games one game at a time."
As far as how to fix the toughness issue, here was Quinn Cooks idea.
"I think its a mindset," he said. "Its something you have to make a habit. Weve shown glimpses but this team is nowhere near where we need to be. We have to get there."
Mike Krzyzewski didnt have any time, really, to change things in between the loss at Clemson Saturday and the game against Virginia tonight. No time for grueling practices or anything else that could potentially toughen up this group. So lets see what happens tonight. With the next game not coming until Saturday ( vs. N.C. State), there will be plenty of time midweek to analyze whats going on with this team.