Insider Intel: Duke's outside chances

Duke wins games on the perimeter, but Nova's backcourt could take that edge away

Originally Published: March 21, 2009
By Jon Pessah | ESPN Insider

It used to be that making the Sweet 16 was no reason to celebrate at Duke. But after a three-year absence from the tournament's second weekend, the Blue Devils are happy (and relieved) to slip past Texas and into the third round.

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Streeter Lecka/Getty ImagesLike the whole Duke team, Scheyer lives on the outside -- on both sides of the ball.

This Duke team lives and dies on the perimeter, and Saturday night's game was a lot of both. The Blue Devils love to apply pressure on the ball; it's at the heart of their success. Their turnover percentage is 23.5 -- eighth-best among tournament teams. They entered the game against the Longhorns 24-1 when they force turnovers in 20 percent of their opponent's possessions, but just 5-5 when they don't.