Duke basketball: Keys to victory in Sweet 16 against Texas Tech

Duke basketball forward Paolo Banchero (Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports)
Duke basketball forward Paolo Banchero (Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports) /
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Duke basketball center Mark Williams (Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports) /

Duke basketball keys to victory against Texas Tech: 

Find High-Quality Shots

Texas Tech has the best adjusted defensive efficiency, according to KenPom.

The Red Raiders’ defense is holding opponents to an average of 60.3 points per game and 38.7-percent shooting from the field.

Duke has players who will be able to generate their own shots against the Texas Tech defense in an isolation situation, but the Blue Devils need to work to find high-quality shots around the rim.

Jeremy Roach and the company of guards will have to penetrate through the front line of the Red Raider defense and quickly dish the basketball off to Paolo Banchero and Mark Williams to try and get the forwards clean looks at the rim.

If Duke can get a large majority of its scoring from inside the paint early in the game, it should open up the perimeter for clean jumpers in the second half.

The Blue Devils must be patient yet aggressive on the offensive side of the floor on Thursday night against Texas Tech.