Final Four: Duke Vs West Virginia
The Final Four is here and Duke and West Virgina will face off to see who will play in the Championship game. While these teams both had great seasons, they were disrespected in the tournament and they used that motivation to play well and get to the Final Four, but the question remains, who will advance?
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Duke: It has been six years since Duke has been to the Final Four so although they are new at this with Coach K at the helm, anything is possible. When Duke was awarded the #1 seed many pundits complained that other teams were more deserving, but it’s Duke that has the last laugh as they are now playing in the Final Four. The main reason is the talent as Kyle Singler, Nolan Smith and Jon Scheyer all have made significant impacts and rallied against Baylor to punch their ticket to Indianapolis. The next step is to get by the Mountaineers of West Virginia.
Mountaineers: This has been a stellar year for the Mountaineers. Bob Huggins as taken this team to the top of the Big east and now to the Final Four. This journey is far from over but it’s amazing to see how far they have come. They had to mix and match heroes and the latest Joe Mazzulla is ready to go again in the Final Four. It seems that the Mountaineers are destined to keep winning in this tournament and they are doing it with hard work and the same blue collar mentality that pushed West Virginia itself.
Breakdown and Winner: If your looking for a fast paced up tempo game you came to the wrong place. Both of these teams rely on smart, physical basketball and when it is over it might be closer to resembling a game of chess then basketball. Bob Huggins has done a great job of coaching but in this scenario there i no one better than Coach K. His team is peaking at the right time and they have multiple weapons to go to when the game is on the line. Da’Sean Butler is outstanding but he is just one man and you can not expect other players to step up as they have in previous games against all the weapons that Duke has. This Blue Devils team can still fill the basket from all areas of the offensive zone, but now has the height with Brian Zoubek, Lance Thomas and the Plumlee brothers, to aggressively rebound at both ends of the floor. The Dukies are 20-8 ATS after two straight games with 15 or more offensive rebounds. Duke also plays very good positional defense, holding teams to 40.2 percent shooting and now the guards and wing players can funnel opposing teams towards the lane where tall timber awaits. A rested Duke squad is a very good squad this season at 17-1 and 11-5-1 ATS with three or more days off. Duke is ready to move on and playing the best basketball out of any team in the tournament.