INDIANAPOLIS — Perhaps no dual college basketball players singularly conclude their teams this deteriorate utterly like Duke’s Jahlil Okafor and Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky.
The beginner phenom opposite a savvy senior. The ACC actor of a year opposite a AP actor of a year.
Just remember there will be 8 other players on a justice on Monday night when a Blue Devils and Badgers block off in a NCAA Tournament championship game.
“It won’t be one man opposite another,” Duke manager Mike Krzyzewski said. “I know how we like to do it in a papers … it’s like a fighting compare any time. It frequency ever works out that way, though it’s cold to put it down that way.”
Fair enough. With that in mind, here are a few other players and story lines to watch Monday night that don’t have to do with a widespread large men.
Not wholly anyway.
CLUTCH DEKKER: Wisconsin youth Sam Dekker has incited into a bona fide star these final 3 weeks. The 6-foot-9 brazen is averaging 20.6 points per diversion in a tourney. He’s incited into a force in a clutch, like his 3-pointer with 1:42 left to put a Badgers adult for good in a 71-64 win over dominant Kentucky. He afterwards went down to a other finish and drew a charging call on Wildcats beginner Trey Lyles.
Lately, it’s been Kaminsky sourroundings adult Dekker.
“If we demeanour during some plays during a finish of games here, it’s me sourroundings round screens for Sam. Not many times do we see a 7-footer sourroundings a round shade for somebody who is 6-foot-9,” Kaminsky said. “It opens adult a lot of things for people since they’ve got to be profitable courtesy to where we are on a floor.”
TYUS TIME: A Minnesota native, ensure Tyus Jones slipped out of a Midwest to join Krzyzewski’s heralded beginner category in Durham.
Jones cites Duke’s 80-70 win during Wisconsin on Dec. 3 as a diversion that gave him certainty in college. He scored 22 points on 7-of-11 sharpened then.
The honour of Apple Valley, Minnesota, is conference from folks behind home anticipating that he can spoil Wisconsin’s run.
“I’ve been removing a lot of tweets from people in Minnesota, revelation me how everybody in Minnesota has been entertaining for me,” Jones said. “Don’t let Wisconsin win, things like that.”
CHANGING TIMES: Jones’ night highlighted a peppery sharpened opening for Duke, when a group went 30 of 46 from a margin (65 percent).
Nigel Hayes had a subpar day for Wisconsin with 4 points. Dekker, who was worried by a bruise ankle then, had only 5 points.
Times have changed.
Hayes and Dekker are now proven arguable scorers. Associate conduct manager Greg Gard also likes how a group has softened defensively, citing 6 true dull security by Kentucky during one indicate during Saturday’s game.
“I don’t consider we’ve had 6 stops all year running regardless of opponent,” Gard said. “But to be means to do that in that sourroundings final night opposite Kentucky was a large step.”
CHANGING TIMES, PART 2: Duke’s demeanour has changed, too.
Justise Winslow had only 5 points opposite Wisconsin in December. Rasheed Sulaimon scored 14 off a bench.
Sulaimon is now off a team. Winslow is a proven commodity, a 6-foot-6 brazen who can urge on a fringe or play as an small energy brazen jockeying for position in a paint.
“I’ve grown a lot on a defensive end,” Winslow said.
GUARDING UP: Speaking of defense, Wisconsin manager Bo Ryan cited Duke’s jaunty ability on a wings and speed in a paint as large reasons because a Badgers couldn’t keep adult with Duke in December.
Since then, Duke has left to a smaller starting lineup, with Okafor, Winslow, Jones and comparison Quinn Cook accompanied by 6-foot-5 Matt Jones in a three-guard look. The Blue Devils also have 6-foot-9 brazen Amile Jefferson and 7-foot core entrance off a bench.
But Jones and Winslow will be giving adult a integrate inches when they’re matched adult opposite Dekker and Hayes, who is 6-8.
“You only have to quarrel each possession. You can’t concede them to get comfortable,” Matt Jones said. “I know Dekker likes to post adult smaller guards. We only all have to quarrel ‘em, either it’s in a post, creation it tough for them to locate a ball.”