When: Friday during 9:45 p.m. ET (CBS)
The Betting Line: Duke -4.5
The Challenge: Stopping Jahlil Okafor
Jahlil Okafor has been positively on fire so distant in this NCAA tournament, going 21-of-27 from a margin for 47 points, 9 rebounds and 5 blocks in dual games. Even for a inhabitant Player of a Year candidate, that’s ridiculous.
Utah has had a good defensive season, ranking 11th in a republic in points allowed, and a Utes have a distance inside to compare Okafor interjection to Jakob Poeltl and Dallin Bachynski. But of course, Okafor has most some-more than usually size—he’s athletic, discerning and flexible too. His usually debility is free-throw shooting, something a Utes will have to try to expose.
The Noteworthy Numbers
For as good as a Blue Devils have been playing, this line doesn’t seem utterly high enough. That’s since Utah indeed matches adult flattering good opposite Duke.
Delon Wright is one of a best guards in a country, averaging 14.9 points per game. Brandon Taylor is a poignant hazard from outward a arc, going 4-of-8 in a turn of 32. Poeltl has a disruptive participation inside and an ability to score—he led a group with 18 points, 8 rebounds and 5 blocks in a second turn opposite Stephen F. Austin.
This will be a large plea for a Duke group that hasn’t been tested in a NCAA contest yet.
The X-factor: Foul trouble
In Utah’s diversion opposite Georgetown in a turn of 32, Poeltl got into tainted difficulty early. Bachynski did a decent pursuit stuffing in when Poeltl was being conserved, though opposite Duke, a Utes will need their best players on a justice some-more mostly than not.
On a other hand, one of a best ways to kick Duke is to display the singular rotation, and removing Okafor, Quinn Cook, Tyus Jones or Justise Winslow in tainted difficulty would positively assistance accomplish that.
Upset Meter Reading: 4.1/10