The Ladies play at Duke today at 3PM. The game is on Regional Sports Networks. Duke is 7-8 overall and 1-3 in conference. Duke is 6-2, 1-1 at home. They gave #7 Louisville a game at Louisville on Jan 5, only losing by 5. They have also lost rather convincingly to #6 Tex A&M and #5 South Carolina. Their ACC win was against Boston College at home; they lost to Wake Forest by 2 points at home. As you would suspect Duke plays well at home.
Seven different players have started at least one game. Five others have played; but the first seven play most of the minutes. If we can draw some fouls, depth could be a problem for Duke. No one has fouled out this year; but Gorecki and Akinbode-James average 3 fould/game. They have enough height to match up well against the Hokies.
Gorecki and Goodchild are the primary threats from 3. They shoot 43% overall and 32% from 3 in ACC play. The top five players in minutes per game shoot very well overall(52%, 51%, 33%, 40% and 55%); but after that they don't have much scoring potential. They have a 0.7 rebound per game advantage in ACC play. They average 20 TO and 13 assists per game. Stats for those who want to look at them:
On the surface, this looks like a game we should win; but this is the ACC and playing Duke at home is never easy. The Ladies cannot afford a bad shooting game. And they need to play the good defense they are capable of.