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Duke and Wisconsin Knotted at 31 at Half

Wisconsin struggling from the field, but keeping themselves in the game with offensive rebounding

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Duke started off the game doing a great job keeping Wisconsin out of the paint and Wisconsin looked hesitant to shoot from beyond the arc. The Blue Devils got 3 blocks from Justice Winslow and 2 more from Amile Jefferson.

Duke had a 21-17 lead with 7:14 remaining when Winslow picked up his 2nd foul on a questionable call in the post while guarding Nigel hayes.

Wisconsin went on a 7-0 run capped by a Frank Kaminsky and one that put Jahlil Okafor on the bench for the rest of the 2nd half and gave the Badgers a 24-23 lead.

The Badgers kept themselves in the game through a tough offensive start with 9 offensive rebounds.

Nigel Hayes and Sam Dekker lead the game in scoring with 8 points a piece.

Okafor missed a couple finishes off of post moves that he usually makes and will have to be careful starting the half with two fouls, but will have to be a bigger factor in the 2nd half for Duke to win.

Duke is trying to speed the game up and has taken away one of their great strengths playing inside-out with Okafor. Look for the Blue Devils to use Okafor more in the post and attempt more than the four three-point attempts they had in the first half.

Duke has done well guarding Wisconsin in the post even when facing mismatches and the ability to exploit these match-ups will be key for Wisconsin in the 2nd half.