INDIANAPOLIS -- They look alike, they walk alike, at times they even talk alike. You can lose your mind ...
I'm talking about Duke -- the Blue Devils, not Patty -- against West Virginia in Saturday's NCAA Final Four basketball nightcap.
Ask Coaches Bob Huggins of WVU and Mike Krzyzewski of Duke about their teams that have reached Bracketown, and you might as well have a mirror as a reporter's notebook and tape recorder.
WVU players, walking around Lucas Oil Stadium, are sporting T-shirts with the message "Do What We Do," and they admit what they do isn't pretty.
As star senior Da'Sean Butler said earlier on the Road to the Final Four:
"Our best chance of making a shot is missing one first."
Or, as point guard Joe Mazzulla put it:
"We're at our worst when we take forced shots."
Or, as Duke's Kyle Singler said here Thursday:
"They (WVU) are tough, gritty and they play good defense ... We're a more physical team this year. We work hard on defense. We have four (big) guys who bang and are physical."
Butler said Thursday that the 31-6 Mountaineers "don't really have elegant games," and the 8:47 (approximate) tipoff between the nation's third- and sixth-ranked teams is expected to fit the description.
It's going to be about defense, and foremost, rebounding. Krzyzewski cited the Windex factor. Both teams rank among the nation's top 12 in rebound margin and offensive rebounds per game.
"I think, offensive rebounding, you have to be determined to play missed shots," Coach K said. "Maybe (to be a good offensive rebounder) you have to play all shots as missed shots.
"I don't know how many teams rebound 40 percent of their own misses, like both of us do, but I guess that also says we miss a lot and they miss a lot.
"The boards will be a huge part of this game, no doubt about that."
The Mountaineers rank second nationally in offensive rebound average (15.5 per game), while the Blue Devils are 12th (14.6). WVU's defensive length -- with long-limbed Butler (6 feet 7), Devin Ebanks (6-9) and Kevin Jones (6-8) gobbling up passing lanes -- concerns Krzyzewski.