Greetings from the shadow of the big screen at Tir Na Nog in Center City, where I'm hosting a viewing party for tonight's game that I hope you'll come join if you're nearby. Yeah, the weather stinks, but that didn't stop you from going to games during the season so it shouldn't stop you now.
A few statistics of consequence about Duke's defense before we get started. The Blue Devils give up 34.2 percent three-point shooting and 46.2 percent two-point shooting. Yes, they're ranked 20th overall in defensive efficiency, but that's almost entirely because of the high number of turnovers forced.
Does that guarantee anything? Of course not. But it gives Villanova an opportunity if they work the ball inside the way they did against UCLA. The question is whether the Wildcats will do it.
Time for the show.