Duke’s recent rise to #1 in the AP Poll and the first week of play that has everyone talking will have to be put aside now: today we get one final touch-up in Cameron before heading off to Maui. Kentucky may not have put up much of a fight, but Army did and we learned not to count anybody out, as the Cadets kept the lead around 10 for most of the game. Eastern Michigan, RJ Barrett says, will be a “completely different game”. These games are getting us ready for ACC play with totally different defenses: Kentucky played man-to-man, and that, well, didn’t go so well. Army added a little touch that made the lanes harder to get to, and we had to score 15 threes. Eastern Michigan will play a 2-3 zone. Eastern Michigan’s head coach was previously an assistant at Syracuse, so this has a chance to emulate what Duke will see against Syracuse on January 14th. Obviously, most of the guys on Eastern Michigan have probably not seen any one guy like the players Duke has, not to mention all of them on one team. However, there’s no saying that this will be easy.
Duke will also get another test against a big man with experience and size. Redshirt junior Boubacar Toure is 6-11 and 241, so hopefully Marques can pull out some of his own strength to control the paint. 6-2 guard Paul Jackson is averaging 18 PPG as the highest average scorer as of now. The Eagles are 3-0 but will go on to face top-25 (as of November 14) teams such as (25) Buffalo, (21) TCU, and a major matchup with a very, very talented (2) Kansas team. Eastern Michigan is currently allowing about 68 points per game on the defensive end. As expected this early, Duke’s defense hasn’t been superb but it’s not like we were expecting them to be lockdown right off the bat.
Bleed. Blue. duke vs. Eastern Michigan at 7:00PM on ACCN. Go Duke!