Sunday, March 9, 2014

Defensive Score Sheet: Duke 93, North Carolina 81

Rodney Hood (left) was as valuable defensively as he
was offensively against the Tar Heels. (AP)

Round II of Duke-UNC went the way most expected: North Carolina, winners of 12 straight, likely would finally cool down while the Blue Devils would protect home court on senior night and extend the Cameron winning streak to 33 games.

It was one of those rare, "things played out just as most figured they would" games.

Both offenses, as is typical Duke/UNC clash, excelled while defense took a backseat for much of the game.

Here's the defensive score sheet from Duke's 93-81 win - its eighth victory in the series' last 11 games.


Takeaways

  • James McAdoo continues to struggle in big moments. Foul trouble killed him in this game (he did pick up three first-half fouls) but for him not to grab a single rebound has to say something about his game, right? Basketball is more about talent; it's about heart. McAdoo must have NBA-talent in some scouts' minds but I'm curious what they say about his heart. This is the kind of game he needed to exert himself early and instead he became an afterthought. That's unacceptable for a NBA lottery pick. 
  • UNC got killed on the boards (Duke's offensive rebound percentage was 53 percent!) as it surrendered 16 offensive boards to grabbing just 14 defensive boards. I'm sure Kennedy Meeks' illness and limited action played a role but somethings still shouldn't happen.
  • Jabari Parker wasn't great defensively but he was not the liability some people make him out to be. He played pretty well given the variety of matchups he had in the game.
  • After his season nightmare in Duke-UNC Round I Amile Jefferson came to play Saturday night. His on-ball defense wasn't all-star caliber but he was very active defensively - even off the ball - that he forced a game-high 3.5 turnovers. Blue Devil faithful should be excited as his future is really bright in Durham.
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The Defensive Score Sheet Project's initial explanation is here. More concise explanations are in this post, but here is a short rundown:
  • Min - Minutes played
  • DREB - Defensive Rebounds
  • FM - Forced field goal miss (includes blocks)
  • FTO - Forced Turnover (steals, charges taken)
  • FFTA - Forced missed Free Throw Attempt
  • DFGM - Allowed Defensive Field Goal Made
  • DFTM - Allowed Free Throw Made
  • DRtg - Defensive Rating (Gives players credit for stops and scoring possessions)
*The DRtg is most important part of a defensive score sheet as it is the analog of an offensive rating. If a player was on the floor for 100 of his team's defensive possessions, the DRtg calculates the number of points the opposition would score.

[NOTE: Deuce2Sports' defensive charting has been noted on Sports Illustrated's Web site twice this season by college basketball writer Luke Winn.]

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