Duke basketball keys to magical March:
Mark Williams’ Rebounding
One of the issues this season with Duke has been its inability to limit teams to one shot.
The Blue Devils are outrebounding teams by 4.7 per game this season, but it’s Paolo Banchero who leads the team with 7.7 rebounds per game while Mark Williams, the team’s biggest player, posted 7.2 boards per game.
Williams was dominant in Duke’s short stay at the ACC Tournament a year ago, and that will need to be the case once again this postseason.
The sophomore has displayed the tendency to disappear in games, like his two-point, two-rebound showing against Pittsburgh, or be a dominant force on both ends of the floor, like his 28-point, 12-rebound game against Syracuse.
If Mark Williams commits and focuses himself on the defensive side of the floor for the next few weeks, Duke will be in great shape to cut down some nets.