GameNight: Duke vs Villanova (Matchup Comparison)

March 26th, 2009
Mar 26 2009 - 10:07pm

CBS saves what is perhaps the night's best and most evenly matched game for last (10:05 start). Both teams have similar guard heavy rosters and lineups, can push the tempo if needed, and start without a true center on the floor.  As you'll see, both teams have thin benches, though Villanova has a clear edge off the pine.  As I see it, Scheyer and Henderson are the key performers for Duke, the pair will need to combine for 40+ as Singler & Cunningham play to a stand-still.

 

Hopefully you stay up late and enjoy the action, especially with Bill Raftery providing his usual funny color.

 

 

#2 Duke

 

#3 Villanova

 

 

 

Elliot Williams

A revelation at first. Inconsistent since.

 

PG

 

Scottie Reynolds

In a mini-slump, but capable of taking over.

 

Jon Scheyer

Underrated player. Can even play point.

 

SG

Reggie Reading

Solid defender and glue guy.

Gerald Henderson

Rising star needs to bring A game.

 

F/G

Dwayne Anderson

Underlooked player. Rebounds well and can heat up from three.

Lance Thomas

Just asked to rebound and defend.

 

F

Shane Clark

Solid player who has never lived up to potential. Will lose time to Pena.

Kyle Singler

Highly versatile. Hits 40% from downtown.

 

F

Dante Cunningham

Rock solid forward capable of 20 and 10.

Reserves

Smith/Paulus

Nothing wrong at all with these backups. Still not as good as Fisher though.

PGs

Corey Fisher

Basically gets starter minutes. Offensive spark.

David McClure

Can D-up and rebound. Useless on O.

 

Wings

Corey Stokes

Will average 15 ppg next year.

 

Brian Zoubek

Makes an impact once every 2 weeks.

Bigs

Antonio Pena

Minutes have shrunk, but a capable reserve.