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November 29, 2011 at 8:46 PM

What can UW learn from Ohio State’s big win over Duke?

No. 2 Ohio State trounced No. 2 Duke 85-63 in Columbus, Ohio in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. It was the first loss of the season for the Blue Devils who fell to 7-1.
Washington (4-1) plays Nevada on Friday and No. 16 Marquette on Tuesday, but here’s an early scouting report on Duke. If the Huskies are going to pull off upset at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 6, then they need to:
— Defend the perimeter. Duke can fall in love with the three-point shot. Tonight the Blue Devils were 3 of 15 behind the arc. It’s important to run them off the line and make their guards and wings put the ball on the floor.
— Stay in front of Austin Rivers. The freshman point guard is an amazing talent. He’s lightening quick, explosive and loves to drive to the lane using a cross-over dribble. Rivers is the only Duke player who can create his own shot, but he’s not a conventional play maker. When he drives, he looks to score.
— Rebound. Ohio State won the battle of the boards 32-23. Duke’s guards aren’t good rebounders and Washington should have an edge in this category. It’s essential to limit Duke’s second-chance shots.
— Limit turnovers. Much like the previous point, you’re not going to beat a good, disciplined team like Duke if you give away possessions.
— Attack Duke’s bigs offensively. The Blue Devils do not have an imposing front line. Forwards Ryan Kelly and Mason Plumlee are skilled offensively, but not exactly tough guys. Their lateral movement is also questionable. UW would be wise to draw them into pick-n-pop and pick-n-roll situations. Duke knows it’s vulnerable inside and the guards tend to help a lot. The Huskies can take advantage of this tendency with draw-and-kick action.
— You can’t expect Aziz N’Diaye to play like OSU big man Jared Sullinger, who is likely a lottery pick in next year’s draft, but the UW center should find a home on the baseline outside the key and be ready for the pass. When it comes, catch it. When he catches it, go up strong and finish through contact. Sullinger had a game-high 21 points and eight rebounds.
— There’s no reason Abdul Gaddy or Tony Wroten Jr. can’t mimic Aaron Craft, who conducted a clinic and upstaged Duke’s heralded backcourt. He played 38 minutes, which had a lot to do with his four turnovers. The Buckeyes could live with his miscues because he ran the offense to near perfection. Craft had eight assists, five rebounds and sank 3 of 4 three-pointers en route to 17 points.
— Oregon’s Jonathan Loyd scored a career-high 24 points to lead the Ducks to a 64-59 win over UTEP. The sophomore guard converted 8 of 11 shots, including six three-pointers. Forward Olu Ashaolu added 13 points for the Ducks (4-1).
— Arizona coach Sean Miller made good on his promise to shakeup the lineup and started freshman guard Nick Johnson in place of junior center Kyryl Natyazhko. Johnson responded with a team-high 19 points and led the Wildcats (5-2) to an 83-76 win at New Mexico State. Senior forward Jesse Perry finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds, junior forward Solomon Hill had 12 points, seven assists and six rebounds and freshman point guard Josiah Turner added 12 points and six rebounds.
— No. 23 Saint Louis fell 75-68 to Loyola-Marymount. It was the Billikens (6-1) first loss.

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