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Duke's Solution to Its 3-Point Woes: Zion, Zion and More Zion

Blue Devils
the Blue Devils
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Tre Jones
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Bobby Hurley
Jeff Capel
Trajan Langdon
Jay Williams
JJ Redick
RJ Barrett
Zion Williamson
Cam Reddish
Jordan Goldwire
Johnny Dawkins."It's
Jack White
Aubrey Dawkins
Trevon Duval's
Marvin Bagley III
Tre Jones
Kerry Blackshear Jr.
Nick Ward
Brandon Clarke
Glenn Robinson
Shaquille O'Neal
Mike Daum).Bagley
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North Dakota State
North Carolina
Mount Zion
North Dakota State's

the Sweet 16
season—"The Shoe Game

Positivity     39.00%   
   Negativity   61.00%
The New York Times
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— It's still bizarre that Duke's biggest concern is three-point shooting.When college basketball introduced the three-point shot for the 1986-87 season, the Blue Devils shot 40.2 percent from behind it. Even during the disastrous 13-18 campaign in 1994-95, Capel and Langdon each hit better than 40 percent.Yet, here we are with the Blue Devils shooting 30.7 percent—it's an even more unsightly 29.8 percent if you take out the 27-of-62 performance in the first two regular-season games—and with that perimeter game looking like it could be their downfall.Even stranger than the fact that they can't consistently hit 21-foot jump shots is that we're most concerned about it right after their best two-game stretch in more than four months.From November 20 through March 16, the Blue Devils played 30 contests and shot better than 38.5 percent just three times. The Jayhawks made it their mission to stop Bagley and decided if Duval was going to beat them, so be it.Substitute Williamson for Bagley and Jones for Duval, and that's exactly what Duke should expect to see out of defenses for the rest of the tournament.Tre Jones is the classic, “you’re open for a reason” guyBut if the 7'6" Fall and UCF's entire defensive focus couldn't keep Williamson from finishing with 32 points and 11 rebounds, how will Virginia Tech's Kerry Blackshear Jr., Michigan State's Nick Ward or Gonzaga's Brandon Clarke do any better?Many of you are probably sick of the national media's tendency to worship at the foot of Mount Zion every day for the past few months, but he is the most unstoppable force in college basketball since Glenn Robinson and Shaquille O'Neal in the early 1990s.After the first-round game, North Dakota State's players kept saying they had never seen anything close to Zion, and they played multiple contests against the NCAA's seventh all-time leading scorer (Mike Daum).Bagley was great, but he's not the tour de force that Williamson is.

As said here by Kerry Miller