Thursday, November 20, 2014

Defensive Score Sheet: Duke 81, MSU 71

In a battle of Top 20 teams, No. 4 Duke beat No. 19 Michigan State 81-71 in the Champions Classic on Tuesday night. It was an expected result and the game went as most would have expected with the current state of each roster.

Duke led from start to finish, and although the Spartans cut the deficit to three numerous times viewers never really got the sense that Michigan State was going to pull off the upset.

Here's the defensive score sheet for the game






Notes
  • The glaring surprise here is Marvin Clark. The true freshman only played a baker's dozen minutes - a handful defending likely No. 1 pick Jahlil Okafor - and didn't allow a field goal. For a program like MSU that is always looking for those underrated players who turn out to be hard-nosed defenders as well as opportunistic scorers, Clark could be the Spartans' next big find. 
  • He didn't get many minutes - and likely won't much this season unless Okafor & Co. get into a lot of foul trouble - but Marshall Plumlee did a very nice job in his nine minutes. If Duke can get that production from him off the bench, watch out.
  •  MSU's biggest disappointment was, by far, Travis Trice. One of MSU's supposed leaders was awful defensively. He couldn't keep anyone - whether it be Tyus Jones or Quinn Cook - in front of him all night. He only allowed 2.5 field goals but the nine free throw makes due to his fouls tells a whole number story. He was a step slow and out of position much of the night. An early-game backdoor cut where Trice completely lost a driving Blue Devil told the story perfectly.
  • While he got burned early guarding Okafor, Matt Costello finished with pretty impressive numbers. MSU had a damned if you do, damned if you don't conundrum with Okafor. Double him and leave open a Duke 3-point shooter, or play him one-on-one and watch him go to work. MSU chose the latter, as it usually does, and Okafor finished with 17 points on 8-for-10 shooting. He started the game 4-for-4 from the field (three of those makes coming against Costello). However, as the game progressed it was clear Costello had "figured" Okafor out a bit and forced the big man into more of a passer. It ended up helping Duke's guards shine, but Costello also forced many Okafor misses in the second half. 
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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 was noted on Sports Illustrated's Web site twice last season by college basketball writer Luke Winn.]

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