I’d really hoped that 2018 would be the last game like this I’d have to dissect for a while. Like most of you, I imagine, I was feeling reasonably good about the first quarter. Then the real game kicked in. On offense, both Duke and Tech came in with wrinkles. Duke’s just worked a lot better, while Tech’s struggled with the very basics. At the same time, the fairly disciplined Tech defense I’ve been praising decided to take a vacation.
Duke’s offense called a bubble screen and went to the flat on their first drive, with both getting stuffed; later they found the Hokies still aggressively attacking the short zones, so they decided to throw some counterpunches. The first was the screen-and-go:
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