Butler – Duke: Tale Of The Tape

Butler has relied upon turnovers to create offense. Those chances will decrease against the experienced Duke back-court. Michigan State, Kansas State, and Syracuse looked uncomfortable having to run half-court offense for 40 minutes. Duke will not be so easily frustrated.

West Virginia-Duke: Tale Of The Tape

West Virginia used a 1-3-1 zone to slow a young Kentucky team. The Mountaineers will need more against Duke. The Blue Devils will not be confused by any defenses. The common criticism of Duke is that the Blue Devils can not handle athletic teams. Duke dispelled that theory in their victory over Baylor.

Final Four Capsules: Butler Bulldogs

Butler’s 69.4 points per game ranks 157th. The obvious conclusion would be that the Bulldogs slow down the game. It gets tricky when looking at their field goal percentage 44.9 (89th) and 3-pt. percentage of 34.5 (148th). Combine that with a rebound margin of 2.9 (77th) and it can get confusing as to how the Bulldogs have run off 24 in a row.

College Basketball Splinters | March 29, 2010

What can be said about Tom Izzo, that has not already been stated? While others recruit, Izzo coaches. Add to that, the guy does not air his dirty laundry in public. Everyone knew there were problems in the Spartan program this year. A few benchings and suspensions indicated motivation was an issue for the Green.

Tennessee – Michigan State: Tale Of The Tape

Experience versus enthusiasm. Michigan State is supposed to be here. The Spartans returned seven players that played at least 12 minutes in last year’s national final. Tennessee showed glimpses of being spectacular this season. The Volunteers knocked two number ones from the pedestal this season: Kansas and Kentucky.

Baylor – Duke: Tale Of The Tape

Which force is the strongest? Baylor might have the best blend of athleticism and talent in the country. Can Dunn succeed against Duke’s pressure on the perimeter? The Blue Devils limit opposing shooters to 27.8 percent from behind the arc (2nd in the nation). In the Blue Devil defense, Baylor will find a group that does not back down. Dunn and teammates might have hot stretches today, but Duke will make them prove it for the entire game…