Eye of the Hurricane

February 7, 2009

Miami @ #3 Duke – First Half Blog

Filed under: Uncategorized — dvillavicencio @ 2:26 pm

Miami got off to a horrible start in the first few minutes. They were taking terrible shots and were just standing around offensively.

Jimmy Graham did an excellent job setting screens for his teammates to help them get open looks. The screen is something the Canes should use effectively to help get their perimeter guys better looks.

James Dews seemed much more confident than in recent games. It is a good time for Dews to regain his form as it is never easy to win a game at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

I’d like to see Miami pound it inside a bit more. Duke is severely weak defending the post and the Canes need to use that to their advantage. If Miami plays inside-out basketball they should be very successful against the Blue Devils.

The officiating has been surprising. Duke is known to get all the calls but the officials have been pretty solid so far however, the offensive foul called on James Dews with 7:04 to go in the first half was ridiculous.

Miami did an excellent job on the defensive glass. The Canes limited Duke’s second chances which really hurt Coach K’s club as they experienced shooting woes throughout the first half.

It will be interesting to see how Duke comes out in the second half. They’re struggling to make shots that are typically automatic for them. If they get out to a slow start, it may be too much for them to overcome.

The Hurricanes need to come back from the intermission with the same fire that they had for most of the first half. They need to continue adding to their lead because a sharpshooting team like Duke can get back into a game quickly if their shots start falling.

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