Can Washington beat #7 Duke at MSG?
No, no they can't. But, nice try, Huskies. On a serious note, the Huskies do indeed have the talent to compete with the Blue Devils and should offer an interesting match-up. However, they seem a tad undisciplined in their decision making and the Blue Devils kill teams that make too many mistakes. Former UW star guard Eldridge Recasner believes the Huskies have to have the mindset that they can beat Duke, which is a mantra that hopefully the team buys into.
Even if they do, though, the Huskies need freshman guard Tony Wroten to limit his mistakes and step up under the lights of Madison Square Garden. If Wroten steps in with the mindset that he can compete with Duke, than the Huskies chances improve exponentially. Washington's Terrence Ross might be the best player on the floor, even with the likes of fantastic Duke freshman scoring guard Austin Rivers out there as well. Washington's big men might be an issue, but their guards should be able to keep it competitive. That is, if they buy into the mentality that Recasner is preaching.