- Fran Fraschilla, College Basketball
Here's a first look at the 1-seeds and how I would attack them if I drew them in the NCAAs.
Leadership is the biggest reason the Blue Devils landed another overall No. 1 seed. With J.J. Redick and Shelden Williams, coach Mike Krzyzewski has two All-America leaders as well as All-America talents. The two seniors know how to win and they have passed that winning work ethic on to their young teammates. Redick and Williams also form a devastating inside-out game, with a proven, dominant low-post center and one of the country's two best college players on the perimeter. Coach K keeps the game plan simple. Rather than out-X-and-out-O you, the Blue Devils outexecute you with terrific talent and tenacity. Their sets are simple, but they get the ball to the two go-to scorers. Like Villanova and Memphis, Duke loves dribble penetration. And freshman point guard Greg Paulus has come in and the offense has not missed a beat. When Josh McRoberts, who NBA scouts believe could be a top-five pick, is a glorified role player on your team, your talent level is high.
Weaknesses: Duke has been beaten off the dribble a number of times this season by quick, athletic teams. Also, inside depth could be an Achilles' heel if Williams gets in foul trouble or gets hurt. Also, while the talent level is high, the roles have been defined such that a third consistent scoring option hasn't emerged.
Fran Fraschilla looks at the strengths of the 1-seeds and tells you how to beat them.