Duke basketball: 3 keys to defeating Syracuse for a third time

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Duke basketball keys to victory against Syracuse: 

Defend the 3-Point Line

This key became a little easier after the suspension was announced for Buddy Boeheim, but Syracuse still has plenty of shooters who can fire at a high percentage from downtown.

Villanova transfer Cole Swider posted a career-high 36 points against North Carolina last week on 7-of-11 shooting from deep and followed that up with a 28-point showing against Florida State after he made 4-of-6 triples in the process.

Swider is hitting 41.1-percent of his triples this season while Joseph Girard is a 40.7-percent 3-point shooter.

Jimmy Boeheim, Jim’s other son and Buddy’s brother, is averaging 13.3 points on 45.6-percent shooting from the field.

Syracuse shoots 45.0-percent from the floor and 37.5-percent from downtown, so the Blue Devils better have packed their defense for the trip up to Brooklyn.