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Duke Slips By Michigan 73 – 71

By March 21, 2011No Comments

And I mean barely….reminiscent of the Butler game last year, Duke nearly let this game get away from them, and while Michigan did stage a damn near comeback, mistakes by Duke on the offensive end were a huge culprit as well. Duke was not good with clock management, and made some poor decisions down the stretch. Some of this can be attributed to integrating a new player into the mix, some of it was just boneheaded shot selection, and some was a stout Michigan defensive effort. The 1-3-1 zone that Michigan employed seemed to stop the Duke offense in its track, I’m sure that will be a point of emphasis going forward.

Nolan Smith was solid and sound in this game scoring 24, Kyrie scored 11 and Kyle Singler had 13, not monster games but when Duke needed buckets, they got the ones they needed from the 3. Ryan Kelly was also no slouch putting in 11 points on this game. Where production was missing was from Seth Curry who didnt score and was o-3 but did have 3 assists.

Duke will have to play much better defensively and much better offensively, not that Michigan was a slouch but it only gets tougher from here. Duke will also have to make its free throws, thats 7 points Duke left on the floor not going to cut it later in the tourney. I’m just happy the game ended on the right side of the win column for the Dukies. Next opponent Arizona.

Michigan Wolverines
STARTERSMINFGM-A3PM-AFTM-AOREBREBASTSTLBLKTOPFPTS
Jordan Morgan, F214-50-02-2031002410
Stu Douglass, G401-40-20-113300222
Zack Novak, G-F404-94-90-0151301312
Darius Morris, G297-140-12-2136201416
Tim Hardaway Jr., G395-121-64-4032200215
BENCHMINFGM-A3PM-AFTM-AOREBREBASTSTLBLKTOPFPTS
Matt Vogrich, G130-10-10-000000000
Blake McLimans, F20-00-00-000000010
Jon Horford, F21-10-01-100000023
Evan Smotrycz, F145-72-21-1110001513
TOTALSFGM-A3PM-AFTM-AOREBREBASTSTLBLKTOPFPTS
27-537-2110-11418137072371
50.9%33.3%90.9%
Duke Blue Devils
STARTERSMINFGM-A3PM-AFTM-AOREBREBASTSTLBLKTOPFPTS
Kyle Singler, F365-121-52-5184001413
Miles Plumlee, F152-30-00-023001124
Nolan Smith, G388-132-46-7142002224
Seth Curry, G230-30-30-001300030
Mason Plumlee, F182-20-00-237101414
BENCHMINFGM-A3PM-AFTM-AOREBREBASTSTLBLKTOPFPTS
Andre Dawkins, G262-62-50-002000006
Ryan Kelly, F235-60-11-1230000311
Kyrie Irving, G211-40-29-10032102311
TOTALSFGM-A3PM-AFTM-AOREBREBASTSTLBLKTOPFPTS
25-495-2018-259311212101873
51.0%25.0%72.0%
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