ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Duke freshman sensation Jabari Parker is a “special” player who compares to today’s best, Michigan coach John Beilein said Monday.
“Obviously he’s special,” Beilein said. “He does things Kobe (Bryant) did as a first year pro. And what LeBron (James) did as a first year pro. He is a tremendous, tremendous player.”
No. 22 Michigan (5-2) definitely has its hands full with Parker – and his team leading 23.0 points per game -- But he’s not the only Duke shooter that has Beilein concerned. Sophomore Rodney Hood averages 20.0 points, which gives No. 10 Duke (6-2) one of the top scoring duos in the country.
“You have to play good defense,” Beilein said on stopping the duo. “They are obviously are very good players. We’re going to have to guard them really well. Just do the best that we can and make sure they have to take tough shots. Then you don’t get second opportunities after that.”
Beilein said the Blue Devils have seven upperclassman that have three or four years experience – and specifically pointed out the experience in Duke’s backcourt.
‘”Obviously their guards are really experienced as well,” Beilein said. “Experienced guards know how to win and Duke has won a lot of games.”
Does Duke presnet any weaknesses?
“…they are a low turnover team. A high assist team. Finding the weaknesses here are hard to find. If there is any. We haven’t found them yet,” said Beilein
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Mitch McGary getting in Game Shape
“Yesterday we had a really good practice with him getting more comfortable. That was practice No. 6 of full go two hours. There is no special ‘OK, let’s let him rest.’ Or he’s not doing full court. It’s just a strength thing. I’ll keep giving you that number. Cause the other guys are probably practice 42 and practice 43. So it’s a big difference and we keep plowing through it. Hopefully there is a day coming up here before we enter Big Ten that he has all his timing down just as much as the other guys do.”