How to beat Duke: 7 things you need to know about the men’s team
The Duke men’s football team is back on the field after suffering a devastating injury in a win over Kentucky on Saturday.
It was the third time in the last five games that the Blue Devils fell short against the Wildcats.
The team was off for the entire game before being allowed to rest.
Here’s everything you need in-game.1.
Who is Luke Hancock?
A sophomore who is the son of former NBA All-Star guard Chris Hancock, Luke Hancock will be the starting point guard on the Wildcats’ offense.
He had his best game of the season against the Blue Devil defense and recorded 12 points on 4-of-7 shooting, including 2-of, 4-point efforts.
He also scored two assists in a game that featured Duke’s most efficient offensive performance since the Blue Dogs lost to Villanova in overtime in the ACC tournament title game.2.
Will Duke be able to keep up?
With four losses in five games, Duke will need to win two of its remaining four to remain undefeated.
The Blue Devils have lost their last five contests and will need another big performance from their defense to make it a four-game win streak.
Duke’s defense needs to keep playing at a high level to make a statement.3.
Is this a team that can handle its own destiny?
It will be a battle between Duke and Kentucky.
The Wildcats were able to withstand the pressure from Duke’s offense and held Duke to only 13 points.
But the Blue Demons struggled to get stops at times and could not score against a talented Wildcats team.
They also had an uneven performance from its big men.
Kentucky’s freshman forward Jabari Parker had 10 points on 6-of_8 shooting in his first game in the starting lineup.
Freshman guard Jordan Bell led the Wildcats with 13 points and nine rebounds, and he is expected to start at point guard.
Bell is averaging 15.4 points per game this season, which is tied for sixth in the nation.4.
Will Kentucky have the defense it needs?
Kentucky is led by seniors Kobi Simmons and Luke Hancock.
Both have played in 20 games this season.
Simmons and Hancock were the best players in the game in a loss to Kentucky last year.
Both are averaging 12.8 points per contest.
Kentuck’s defense will need a huge effort from the frontcourt.
It will need help from the rest of the team to keep pace with the Wildcats offense.5.
Will it be an upset?
Duke has a history of winning in the Elite Eight.
It was a tough loss to a team coming off a bye week and it will be difficult for Kentucky to find its groove again against a team playing in the NCAA tournament.
The Cardinals are coming off of a blowout loss to Villaga.
Duke has to be able be competitive to keep itself in the race for a fourth consecutive NCAA tournament appearance.