Player to Watch
Senior guard Trajan Langdon is one of the best shooters in the country (42.8% from three-point range this season), but in six career NCAA tournament games he has shot just 19 for 68 (27.9%) overall and 11 for 38 (28.9%) from behind the arc.
The Blue Devils have overwhelmed their foes by an average of 26.3 points with an attacking defense and with devastating inside-outside scoring by Langdon and sophomore center Elton Brand. If Duke has a weakness, it's the lack of a backup for point guard William Avery. Also, none of their starters are taller than 6'8", meaning post defense and rebounding could be liabilities against a taller team. Duke had only four games decided by fewer than 10 points, so it's fair to question how the Blue Devils might react in' a close tournament game—if they play any.
Coach Mike Krzyzewski
Team scoring 93.3 (FG%: 51.5) (3-pointers: 244-635, 38.4%)
Opponent scoring 67.9 (FG%: 39.1)
Rebound margin +9.4
Team FT% 70.6
Whom not to foul
Trajan Langdon (85%), William Avery (82%)
Whom to foul
Chris Burgess (55%), Chris Carrawell (57%)
Michigan State 73-67; Maryland 82-64, 95-77
If Langdon, who had a sore foot last week, is 100%, Duke can't be beat; if Langdon isn't 100%, it still can't be beat.
16 Florida A&M