Don't Mess With Duke In Maui

By Tony Piraro

The No. 6 unbeaten Duke Blue Devils (6-0) are set to face the No. 14 Kansas Jayhawks (3-1) for the EA Sports Maui Invitational Championship. Coach K and company will be seeking their fifth EA Sports Maui Invite Title. Duke just so happens to be 14-0 lifetime at the Maui Invite. Good Luck Bill Self and company, you’re going to need it.

Duke is led by two son’s of former NBA players, in the form of Seth Curry and freshman Austin Rivers. These two have been a force for No. 6 Duke early this season. In Duke’s previous game against ranked Michigan, Rivers led the way with 20 points, four rebounds and three assists. He is averaging 15 ppg and his teammate Seth Curry is leading Duke with 16 points per night. The Plumlee brothers are crashing the boards once again this season, averaging 16 boards per game combined. Duke is certainly balanced and will cause trouble for a perimeter-based Kansas squad.

Thomas Robinson has been a monster for Kansas this season. The unheralded junior is posting the best numbers of his collegiate career and looks like a future NBA top-prospect. T-Rob is averaging 16 points per game and pulling down 11 boards a night. His guard Tayshawn Taylor is scoring well, but needs to distribute the ball a little more, especially to the big man. In the second half of the Jayhawks last game, the two started to hook-up on a consistent basis for alley-oops. If they can stay consistent in this approach, they will give Duke and the rest of the nation a run for their money.

It all gets underway at 9:00 p.m. central standard time from Lahaina Civic Center in Maui. Duke will be seeking their 15th straight win at the Invitational and their fifth tournament title in program history.


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