Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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Live blog: Villanova vs. Duke

A reminder that I'm hosting a viewing party for tonight's game at Tir Na Nog, 16th and Arch Streets in Center City. I hope you'll join me for what should be a great game and a great time.

Live blog: Villanova vs. Duke

Villanova´s Scottie Reynolds goes up for a shot against Duke´s Kyle Singler during the first half in Boston on Thursday.  (Yong Kim / Staff Photographer)
Villanova's Scottie Reynolds goes up for a shot against Duke's Kyle Singler during the first half in Boston on Thursday. (Yong Kim / Staff Photographer) Daily News/Inquirer

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.

Jonathan Tannenwald Philly.com
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Soft Pretzel Logic is Philly.com's college sports blog, with a primary focus on the University of Pennsylvania. You'll also see coverage of the Big 5, other major college sports events in the region, and the annual Penn Relays track and field meet.

Reach Jonathan at jtannenwald@phillynews.com or 215-854-2330.

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