3 Reasons Why Duke Can Beat Wisconsin And Win The National Championship

The Duke Blue Devils will face the Wisconsin Badgers in the national championship game, and are trying to win the fifth title in school history. Duke beat Wisconsin 80-70 in Madison back in December, and the Blue Devils will follow this same blueprint to try and knock off the Badgers again:

3) Offensive efficiency

Duke is shooting over 50 percent from the floor (third in the country), and that efficiency has turned them into the 4th highest scoring team in the country (80.6 points per game). Their offensive production hasn’t been stopped all season, and Wisconsin didn't have any answers for it when they faced off in Wisconsin earlier this season.

2) Three-point shooting

Even though Okafor is the focal point on offense, Duke’s calling card is still long-range shooting. Okafor’s dominance in the paint has forces opposing defenses to collapse, creating more open shots for Duke’s talented shooters. They make 38.6 percent of the three-pointers as a team, good for 30th in the country.

Quinn Cook is the team’s leading shooter from behind the arc (41.5 percent), but every perimeter player Duke puts on the floor is capable of going off from long range. If they get hot from three-point land, they'll win this game easily.

1) Jahlil Okafor

Okafor has a fully developed post game, quick feet, soft hands, and runs the floor well. His size gave Kaminsky a lot of problems in their previous matchup, and the Badgers weren't able to guard him. I expect Wisconsin to double-team him, which will create open shots for Duke's shooters.

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