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2011 NCAA Lacrosee Open Thread: (5) Duke at (4) Notre Dame

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You guys!

It's the last game of the penultimate college lacrosse weekend of the year: It's Duke high-octane offense against Notre Dame highly-explosive defense. 

It's a battle of wills and it all starts around 2:30. ESPNU has your television coverage..

Here's a quick comparison table for the game:

DEVILS-CATHOLICS:  REMATCH!
METRIC DUKE NOTRE DAME
Fun Factor 7,9024 (1st) 4.6070 (15th)
Pace 71.78 (15th) 61.84 (48th)
Adjusted Offensive Efficiency 36.24 (3rd) 31.93 (13th)
Adjusted Defensive Efficiency 26.03 (18tth) 20.58 (2nd)
Adjusted Efficiency Margin 10.21 (5th) 11.34 (2nd)
For the record, this game rates as a 6.2547 on the "Fun Factor" scale, the third-best rating of the weekend.  A big reason for that is that each of these teams are rolling out some studs:

DEVILS-CATHOLICS: UH-HUH!
PLAYER TEAM O/R A/R T.O.V.
J. Wolf Duke 4.57 3.05 7.62 (71st)
Z. Howell Duke 6.40 2.44 8.84 (33rd)
D. Lawson Duke 2.90 1.83 4.73 (186th)
D. Earl N. Dame 3.67 2.44 6.11 (125th)
S. Rogers N. Dame 4.40 1.47 5.87 (133rd)
Z. Brenneman N. Dame 3.91 1.22 5.13 (170th)

O/R = Offensive rating (goals per 100 offensive possessions).
A/R = Assist Rate (assists per 100 offensive possessions).
T.O.V. = Total Offensive Value (points per 100 offensive possessions).

Brian is live from Foxborough today and will have some comments on the game.  Your comments are valuable as well, so leave all of those beautiful bon mots in the handy dandy commenting device.

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