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Sparty vs. Duke: Kevin Berger @ March To March's Preview

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Keys for the Spartans 1. Find a way to keep Irving out of the lane on penetration, especially when Singler slides to the four to create all kinds of space inside the arc. 2. Control tempo with steady guard play. Lucas, Lucious, and Summers are solid enough ball handlers to not get enticed into playing up and down with the Devils as long as they stay patient. If I’m Izzo, I have my kids walk the ball up unless I’ve got numbers to make sure my bigs get a fair shake in this game. The one thing Duke wants is goad you into quick shots to give their undersized frontcourt a better chance to board. KSU fell victim to quick shot fool’s gold. MSU can’t if they want to keep this close. 3. Identify shooters. Close out aggressively on Dawkins, Singler, and Curry making them beat you off the dribble. Make Irving and Smith prove it with jumper before you sell out to the arc. You have to find a way to keep the talented Duke guards out of the lane, and you can’t do that by selling out to every player on the perimeter. Pick your spots and try to keep your perimeter shell.
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