Duke at UNC: A look at the rest of the matchups | Sports
Sports
INDY Week's sports blog

Archives | RSS | Follow on | Add on  

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Duke at UNC: A look at the rest of the matchups

Posted by on Sat, Mar 7, 2009 at 1:50 PM

Here's a quick look at the rest of the Duke-Carolina matchups. To recap, Triangle Offense gave the advantage at point guard to UNC and gave neither team the edge at shooting guard.

Small Forward

NBA scouts are drooling over the Danny Green-Gerald Henderson matchup. Henderson's athleticism and ability to play above the rim should translate to a successful NBA career while Green has improved his stock dramatically from last season due to his excellent decision making, improved ball-handling and defensive presence.

Green's length should give Henderson some trouble around the rim, but Henderson has such a quick first step that he'll get there before Green has a chance to block his shot.

But Greens' 3-point shooting makes him a threat in the open floor. The junior from North Babylon, N.Y., doesn't hesitate to launch transition jumpers or to take a shot in rhythm with a hand in his face. Considering he's shooting almost 45 percent from beyond the arc, Green's ability to stretch the defense makes it easier for Tyler Hansbrough to work down low.

Both Henderson and Green have shown the ability to take over games, but Henderson has been playing at an ACC Player of the Year level since the end of January. Henderson's driving ability opens lanes for his teammates as well as spots on the floor for Kyle Singler and Jon Scheyer in Duke's spread offense.

Advantage:

unknown.gif

Power Forward

Deon Thompson exploded against Duke in round one, scoring in double digits in the first half and totaling 14 points.

But Singler presents the toughest mismatch in the ACC at the forward position. Singler's quickness and driving ability is more akin to a guard's skill set than a 6-foot-8 forward, and his beautiful stroke from beyond the arc makes him an inside-out scoring threat.

For Thompson, keeping in front of Singler and not playing too far off him on the perimeter will be key to limiting Duke's sophomore prodigy. And for Carolina, any high-percentage scoring from Thompson is a plus but he's shown the ability to disappear in the offense with poor shot selection.

Advantage:

unknown.gif

Center

This is a no-brainer, especially with Lance Thomas possibly missing the game due to an ankle sprain.

Brian Zoubek, who suffered a broken nose against Florida State, has yet to be spectacular and his 7-foot-1 length should allow him more than .9 shots blocked per game.

Zoubek has averaged just under 13 minutes per game but will be called upon to play closer to 30 if Thomas doesn't suit up.

On Carolina's side, reigning National Player of the Year Hansbrough will be ready for his senior night. With Lance Thomas and Brian Zoubek limited by injuries, don't be surprised if the Tar Heels pound the ball inside to Hansbrough, Ed Davis, Thompson and Tyler Zeller. And if Duke's bigs get in foul trouble, this game could be decided early.

Hansbrough had a decent game against Duke in Durham, scoring 17 points on 6-9 shooting. If Thomas doesn't go, Hansbrough should be in for a monster game and will be focused on preventing the Blue Devils from returning his favor of spoiling J.J. Redick's senior night.

Advantage:

unknown.gif

Pin It

Comments (4)

Showing 1-4 of 4

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-4 of 4

Add a comment

INDY Week publishes all kinds of comments, but we don't publish everything.

  • Comments that are not contributing to the conversation will be removed.
  • Comments that include ad hominem attacks will also be removed.
  • Please do not copy and paste the full text of a press release.

Permitted HTML:
  • To create paragraphs in your comment, type <p> at the start of a paragraph and </p> at the end of each paragraph.
  • To create bold text, type <b>bolded text</b> (please note the closing tag, </b>).
  • To create italicized text, type <i>italicized text</i> (please note the closing tag, </i>).
  • Proper web addresses will automatically become links.

Latest in Sports



Twitter Activity

Comments

I stopped watching once I realized I wasn't getting a cut of that sweet, sweet money they be makin'.

by terryboo on Unbelievably Dull and Incredibly Slow: Does the NFL Just Suck Now? (Sports)

ctrl-f

"commercials" …

by Edward Teach on Unbelievably Dull and Incredibly Slow: Does the NFL Just Suck Now? (Sports)

Most Read

Most Recent Comments

I stopped watching once I realized I wasn't getting a cut of that sweet, sweet money they be makin'.

by terryboo on Unbelievably Dull and Incredibly Slow: Does the NFL Just Suck Now? (Sports)

ctrl-f

"commercials" …

by Edward Teach on Unbelievably Dull and Incredibly Slow: Does the NFL Just Suck Now? (Sports)

I stopped watching in 2010. The game became too thuggish and there was no sportsmanship or respect among the players. …

by Timothy Oswald on Unbelievably Dull and Incredibly Slow: Does the NFL Just Suck Now? (Sports)

To get the truth about South Africa, read the book, The Third Africa, by Eschel Rhoodie. There is much to …

by HCUA on A short history of the Dutch in South Africa, 1652-2010 (Sports)

© 2018 Indy Week • 320 E. Chapel Hill St., Suite 200, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
RSS Feeds | Powered by Foundation