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Cal vs. Duke preview: Stopping Golden Bears point guard Brittany Boyd a key for Blue Devils

Containing California Golden Bears point guard Brittany Boyd will be a key for the Duke Blue Devils on Sunday.

Cal point guard Brittany Boyd scored 28 points against Duke a year ago.
Cal point guard Brittany Boyd scored 28 points against Duke a year ago.
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After California Golden Bears' point guard Brittany Boyd went into Cameron Indoor Stadium last year and scored 28 points, Rob Clough of DW Hoops has identified stopping the junior as a significant key to the Duke Blue Devils winning tomorrow's game at Haas Pavilion.

Cal isn't going to overwhelm Duke with its size or depth. Instead, they will rely on chemistry, teamwork and their catalyst Boyd. She dropped 28 points on Duke a season ago in Cameron and will take her matchup with Chelsea Gray very seriously. What Duke cannot afford to do is let her make her young teammates better and give them confidence...Instead, Duke needs to force Cal to play a halfcourt game on offense while trying to run as much as possible themselves. Trying to press or trap too much full court will likely come back to haunt the Devils, because Boyd and Cal will feast on such opportunities.

And for those who just want an illustrated tl;dr version of the keys for Duke, DW Hoops was also all over that with the following image.

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For more on the game from a Duke perspective, click here to check out DW Hoops' full preview and breakdown of Cal's team. For more on the game in general, stay tuned to our storystream.