- Posted by MoDuke v2 is gone
Leslie has a huge advantage over Hairston or a young Jefferson unless they can get into his head. Howell is a beast inside and has at least a slight edge on an often awkward looking Mason. If LoB is 100%, he has a slim advantage over Cook with his speed and athleticism. I give Curry the edge over Purvis because of experience but Purvis is far more athletic and has the potential to play a spoiler role. Sulaiman and Wood are pretty much a wash. Duke has the advantage on the bench with K vs. Gott and also with the homecourt. So it all really comes down to the X Factor. Whether or not Karl Hess officiates the game. :)
Brown and Cooke, I don't see any advantage there. Probably Brown won't play, and if he does, he'll be playing hurt. Advantage Duke. Plumlee definitely better inside that Howell. Advantage Duke. Curry definitely better than anything State has on the floor. He's a senior playing against a freshman. Advantage Duke. Leslie and anyone they put on him. Advantage State. Home court advantage and experience. Advantage Duke. There's a reason why Duke is ranked higher than State. They're a better "team."
No need to poor mouth, Modook. Your team has an equal or better advantage. Duke wins this one by 10.
Probably the second coming of Monte Towe will play and not Brown.