The NCAA title game has certainly lived up to the hype through one half as Duke leads 33-32 at the break.
The teams have matched each other with 13 field goals each. Butler is shooting 1-of-4 from the stripe, while the Blue Devils have made 4-of-9; neither total is impressive. Butler has made five 3s to Dukes three. The result is a very close game that could go either way at this point.
Butler forward Avery Jukes has been impressive off the bench. He’s scored 10 points, including a 3 near the end of the half, and pulled down two rebounds. His presence was strongly needed when Matt Howard left the game with his second foul.
Shelvin Mack has eight points, including a pair of 3s, for the Bulldogs.
For Duke, Kyle Singler, Nolan Smith and Jon Scheyer have shared the workload the same way they have the entire tournament. Singler has nine points and five rebounds at half; Smith has nine points, including a 3; and Scheyer has eight points and three assists.
Butler has owned the glass on its own end, pulling down 10 offensive rebounds. Second chance points could prove deadly for Duke, if they do not get more aggressive on missed Bulldog shots.