Nov 22, 2012; Paradise Island, BAHAMAS; Duke Blue Devils forward Mason Plumlee (5) dribbles against the Minnesota Golden Gophers during the 2012 Battle 4 Atlantis in the Imperial Arena at the Atlantis Resort. Duke won 89-71. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-US PRESSWIRE

Give Credit Where Credit Is Due: Then Go for the Kill

Dook is 7-0 and is 3-0 against top ten teams this season. They have beaten #3 Kentucky, #2 Louisville, and #4 Ohio State. Even as a Tar Heel fan, I have to grudgingly say this is an impressive statistic. Dook sits behind only Indiana as the current #2 in the land. A lot of people try to undermine the fact that Dook is doing well. I don’t. I want to exploit their weakness and steal their game plan—then go in for the kill.

UNC tips off against Dook the day before Valentine’s Day. I want to figure out what the Blue Devils are doing right before we face them. I’ve compiled a list.

 

1) Plumlee is always near the hoop

 

Let’s get something straight. Plumlee is the star of this team. The returning senior is averaging a strong double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds an outing. He just broke the record for most dunks by a Dook player. What’s that mean? It means he’s near the basket a lot. It used to be, hack-a-Plumlee show used to work. Not so much this season. He’s shooting 79% from the charity stripe. So what’s UNC’s game plan? Give him open jumpers from beyond 12 feet. I’m serious. If you guard him tight and go for his pump fake, you’re getting dunked on. Stand back and dare him to beat you. Let me tell you a secret: he won’t.

 

2) Dook relies on a drive, kick-out option for three pointers

 

You know why this works? People guard Plumlee too close and he blows by them. Then, when he doesn’t dunk, he throws a quick pass to a wide-open Seth Curry. He’s the other senior beast who’s averaging 15 points a game. You know how we stop this from happening? Push back on Plumlee and make him shoot. Then, he’ll stop dominating the boards and getting easy put backs and he’ll also stop dishing to wide open three point shooters.

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