January 31, 2004

(Blue) Devils go down to Georgia

by Clark Kellogg, Yahoo! Sports

(1) Duke at (14) Georgia Tech - Sat, 5 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Blue Devils
1st, ACC
Record: 17-1, 6-0

Yellow Jackets
T-2nd, ACC
16-3, 4-2

To stay unbeaten at home, Georgia Tech will have to do a strong job on the glass and take care of the ball. Like Duke, Tech enjoys a fast-paced game with a foundation of pressure D and always attacking on O. Dribble penetration and the 3-point shot are big parts of both teams' offenses.

This should be a very entertaining and hard-fought game. Both teams are very disruptive defensively. Players will have to make 'basketball plays' - pass and catch, hard cuts, take and make good shots when available and so on. Neither team should be able to run much set offense. And both teams are good at playing fast and efficiently.

Duke has better post players in Sheldon Williams, Shavlik Randolph and even Luol Deng, and the Blue Devils are just as potent on the perimeter as the Yellow Jackets. The front line could be the difference in a Duke win.

Pick: Blue Devils

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