Both the Duke Blue Devils (6-2) and Michigan Wolverines (5-2) will be in pretty dire need of a win when the two teams meet up tonight.
Mike Krzyzewski’s team has lost both of their contests against ranked teams, while Michigan has already suffered multiple upsets at the hands of Iowa State and Charlotte.
For Michigan, whether or not star guard Nik Stauskas can play after suffering a sprained ankle will be critical. Stauskas has been their only consistently strong offensive presence, and they’ll need him if they are going to keep up with Jabari Parker and Rodney Hood.
For Duke, it will come down to whether or not they’re able to put together a complete effort on both sides of the ball. After struggling on defense through the first six games, the Blue Devils bounced back to hold both Alabama and Arizona to modest offensive performances, at best. Of course, this increase on the defensive end has also coincided with a sudden drop in offensive production; they have averaged just 70.0 points in the last two games, which is way off their overall mark of 87.0.
Date: Dec. 3
Start Time: 9:15 PM ET
Location: Durham, NC
Arena: Cameron Indoor Stadium
Live Stream: WatchESPN