Game Preview: Duke Blue Devils vs Brown Bears

The Blue Devils face Brown in Cameron Indoor Stadium

In Game Previews by Brian HoraceLeave a Comment

DEC. 28 | CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM | DURHAM, NC | 11:30 AM

Series Info

Overall: 5th meeting; Duke leads, 3-1
In Durham: Duke leads, 3-0
In Providence: Brown leads, 1-0
At neutral sites: n/a
Current streak: Duke, W3
Coach K vs. Brown: 3-0

Media Info

TV: ESPN2 (Doug Sherman/Jon Crispin)
WatchESPN
Radio: Blue Devil Sports Network (David Shumate/John Roth)
Duke Radio Affiliates
Sirius/XM: 206 / 193 (Duke broadcast)

Duke vs Brown
Duke and Brown have met just four times previously, with the Blue Devils leading the series 3-1…The teams last met November 25, 1994 -- an 80-38 Duke victory at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

The Opponent
The Bears are led in scoring by Brandon Anderson at 21 points per game. Anderson is also the leading assist man at 3.8 per game and averages a team best 1.9 steals per contest. The leading rebounder for Brown is Tamenang Choh with 8.3 rebounds per game to go with his 14.2 points per game. The Bears have 3 players averaging in double figures rounded out by guard Zach Hunsaker who averages 10.7 points per game. The Bears are an older team that starts 3 seniors and 2 juniors.

Players to Watch
In addition to starting guard Brandon Anderson being an important player for the Bears and leading them in 3 statistical categories, David Mitchell brings 4.7 rebounds off the bench for the Bears (tied for second on the team).

Duke
The Blue Devils return from their holiday break at 10-1 and 1-0 in the ACC. The last action the Blue Devils saw was a thumping of Wofford ( 86-57) on the 19th of December. The Blue Devils are led in scoring by Vernon Carey Jr. who comes in averaging just under a double-double with 18.6 points per game and 9.3 rebounds. Carey Jr. is also averaging a team leading 2.2 blocks per game and has been the most consistent offensive threat for the Blue Devils. Sophomore Tre Jones is averaging 15.6 points per game and is leading the Blue Devils is assists at 7.1 per game. Jones is also averaging 2.1 steals per contest for the Blue Devils. Cassius Stanley and Matthew Hurt round out the double figure scorers for the Blue Devils - averaging 10.7 and 10.6 points per game respectively.

The Blue Devils as a team are 8th in the nation in scoring, 14th in shot-blocking, and 60th in steals. They are limiting their opponents to under 65 points per game so far this season which is good for 50th.

My Synopsis
The Blue Devils have an obvious advantage in terms of talent and overall size in this game but it will remain to be seen whether the break and limited practice time takes it's toll on the young Devils. I expect a slower start to this one but for Duke to kick into gear toward the end of the first half. 

 

Probable Starting Lineups

Duke

Guard - Tre Jones - 6'3, 185lbs
Guard - Cassius Stanley - 6'6, 193lbs
Guard - Wendell Moore - 6'6, 213lbs
Forward - Matthew Hurt - 6'9, 214lbs
Center - Vernon Carey - 6'10, 270lbs

Brown

Guard - Zach Hunsaker - 6'2, 185lbs
Guard - Brandon Anderson - 6'1, 175lbs
Forward - Temenang Choh - 6'5, 210lbs
Forward - Joshua Howard - 6'6, 210lbs
Forward - Matt DeWolf - 6'9, 230lbs

Stats Comparison

Duke FG%
47.4%
Brown FG%
40.7%
DUKE 3PT FG%
35.5%
Brown 3PT FG%
31.3%
DUKE FT%
69.5%
Brown FT%
71.2%
DUKE PPG
83.6
Brown PPG
69.5

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