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ANALYSIS: Everything goes Arizona’s way in victory over Blue Devils

Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Wildcat

The Arizona Wildcats mens basketball team took on the Duke Blue Devils Thursday, March 24, 2011, in a NCAA West Regional game in the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. The Wildcats advance to the Elite 8 with a 93-77 win.
Mike Christy
Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Wildcat The Arizona Wildcats men’s basketball team took on the Duke Blue Devils Thursday, March 24, 2011, in a NCAA West Regional game in the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. The Wildcats advance to the Elite 8 with a 93-77 win.

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Here were the three main concerns for Arizona coming into the game against the No. 1 seeded Duke Blue Devils: avoiding turnovers against Duke’s coveted ball pressure, playing against the interior size of the Blue Devils and finding a way to stop the back-court combo of Kyrie Irving and Nolan Smith.

It looked like a recipe for disaster, but when the Wildcats finally hit the court against the Blue Devils on Thursday, a convincing 93-77 victory in Anaheim, Calif., Arizona used all three of their main concerns against head coach Mike Krzyzewski’s squad.

It left one of the most highly-respected coaches baffled at how the Wildcats out-attacked his Blue Devils. After weathering a storm in the first half behind forward Derrick Williams’ 25-point outburst, his teammates put the pe

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