Duke vs. Boston College: Can Duke Dominate in Trap Game?

Curtis ClontzCorrespondent IIFebruary 19, 2012

DURHAM, NC - FEBRUARY 16:  Austin Rivers #0 of the Duke Blue Devils celebrates with teammate Seth Curry #30 as the Duke Blue Devils defeat the North Carolina State Wolfpack 78-73 at Cameron Indoor Stadium on February 16, 2012 in Durham, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Tonight the Duke Blue Devils take on Boston College in an attempt to keep their stake at the top of the ACC.  The Eagles certainly aren't soaring high; they are more of an ACC bottom feeder.

The Duke Blue Devils may be the most confusing, aggravating, up and down team in the nation. They can score with anyone but their "live by the three die by the three" mantra has them begging for a butt whooping.  

Add that to their inability to play defense—I mean stop anyone, then this team can really get your blood boiling.

That being said, this is a very talented Duke team.  They have everything needed of a championship team and if they get hot at the right time, they can challenge anyone to cut down the nets.

Traveling to Boston College may not be the scariest part of this team's league play, but it is a scary one for anyone paying attention.

Boston College is currently 10th in the ACC.  They have trouble scoring, and at 59.9 points per game, they can't hang with Duke on paper.

Boston College is a dangerous team.  They are one of those squads that can step it up on a night and play with anyone in the league.  

If you don't believe me, ask those guys in Tallahassee.  

In one of the weirdest and most surprising games on the year, Florida State was out played and took it to the chin with a 64-60 loss to the Eagles.  Had FSU won that game, they would currently be sitting alone in the ACC's top spot.  Instead, they are tied with the conference's two juggernauts Duke and Carolina.

DURHAM, NC - FEBRUARY 16:  Austin Rivers #0 of the Duke Blue Devils calls to his team during their game against the North Carolina State Wolfpack at Cameron Indoor Stadium on February 16, 2012 in Durham, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Ima
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Expect for Duke to step into this one with a strong first-half showing.  One of the biggest problems that keeps stinging Duke is their inability to play D. They have been playing from behind as a result.  I fully expect the team to really press or points early.  They know they can't stop too many people, and they may use their offense as a solid defense and try to dominate the scoreboard early and often.

I also expect K to do something a little different in this one.  While the shots are falling at times, Curry and Rivers are going to begin pushing the ball more. 

I truly believe this team is at its best when those two turn into slashers.  

Curry may not be a true put the ball on the floor guard; however, if he can get the defender on their heels, then he turns into a special player.

Austin can get to the rack, he just needs to keep his head up and look for the open shooters.  As UNC proved, if you let Duke shoot then they can kill you.  Austin delivered the dagger to the Tar Heels' hearts, but in this one, expect him to drive and dish.

As a result, this could be another big game for sniper Andre Dawkins.  An open Andre is the best shooter in the nation, and he will prove that tonight. 



Duke will run away with this one early.  I expect by halftime Duke will be up by 12, and there will be an 18-point deficit by the end.