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Preview: Duke at Georgia Tech
By Rob Clough
February 26, 2015

Jackets Always a Tough Out


Georgia Tech -- Thursday, February 26th, 2015 @ 7:00 PM EST (ESPN3)

2014 Georgia Tech Snapshot: 20-12, 9-7 ACC NCAA Tournament First Round

Last Meeting: 3/8/2014: Duke Obliterates Georgia Tech, 82-52

Current Records: Duke 19-8, 10-4 ACC; Georgia Tech 15-13, 5-9 ACC

Current Rankings: Duke #16, Georgia Tech is not ranked.

Significant Losses: The biggest loss is guard Ty Marshall, a tremendous scorer and playmaker (20 ppg, 8 rpg, 3 apg). Also gone is point guard Dawnn Maye (5 ppg, 2 rpg, 3 apg) and post Shayla Bivins (3 ppg, 4 rpg). Guard Sydney Wallace was averaging 13 ppg, 3 rpg and 2 apg before she was lost for the year with an injury.

Returning & New Players: Kaela Davis is one of the top scorers in the country, averaging 20 ppg and 5.5 rpg. Guards Aaliyah Whiteside (12 ppg, 6 rpg, 2 apg) and rookie Zaire O'Neil (11.5 ppg, 6 rpg) are the other reliable wing scorers. 6-0 forward Roddreka Rogers is a rebounding machine (9 ppg, 10 rpg) and fights like crazy against bigger players. Post Katerina Vuckovic is a stretch four, averaging 6 ppg, 4 rpg and 34% from three. Guard Antonia Peresson has spent a lot of time at point, putting up 3 ppg, 2 rpg and 2 apg. Post Nariah Taylor and guard Imani Tilford will also likely see some action.

Georgia Tech head coach MaChelle Joseph.
DWHoops file photo by Orin Day

The Skinny: This is yet another team with little size that's built around shooting. Vuckovic is in no way a traditional post player, especially on offense, as she will be moved out of the post to create room to drive for Whiteside, O'Neil and Davis. Whiteside and Davis will also pop threes at will, whether or not they're open. O'Neil is more of a drive and kick kind of card who seeks to go to the foul line. This is a time when Duke's zone will help them, because the zone can cut off drives and force opponents to shoot over the zone or find the gaps and holes in it. The Devils will really need to look out for Davis and Vuckovic in the corners.

On offense, Duke will need to do what it usually likes to do: pound it inside. Ka'lia Johnson also needs to drive hard to the basket, because Tech's players tend to foul a lot. This is a physical club, something which shouldn't bother Duke all that much. Duke needs to get to the line and convert once they make it there. Tech is a good rebounding squad, especially Rogers, so getting her out of the game with foul trouble early on could be a big key for Duke.

Davis is a tremendous weapon. When she gets hot, watch out. Duke can't afford to let her get into a rhythm. They need to bump her off her spots a bit and overall make her uncomfortable. If she can't get going, it's unlikely that any other player will lead them to an upset. But if Davis gets going, then Duke will have to pay extra attention to her and possibly allow Whiteside or O'Neil to torch them. On offense, Duke simply has to take care of the ball: no silly turnovers, no travels, no rushed shots. Patience, communication and execution should be Duke's watchwords in this game and every game. The Devils have the size advantage and talent to beat nearly any foe; they simply have to stay calm and adjust to the pace of each game.



   
  • Kaela Davis scoring 30 or more points.

 




Wolfpack Women Burn Duke, 72-59
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Georgia Tech Extends Duke Woes, 71-62
The Nutshell

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