Yale needs to be ‘in tune’ in order to knock off Duke

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WNCN) – If his game is any good as his voice, Yale’s Brandon Sherrod may give Duke some trouble during their second round matchup on Saturday.

Sherrod, a senior forward, took a year off basketball last season to sing in Yale’s a cappella group, the Whiffenpoofs.

“Sometimes I’ll sing on the free throw line to myself….I’ve always got a song in my head,” said Sherrod.

After traveling the world with the group, he returned to basketball this season and was a handful down low for the Duke Blue Devils in their November matchup earlier this year.

“He’s like their enforcer,” said Duke Guard Matt Jones. “He has to beat people up and he did that so we definitely have to try to maintain that.”

Yale trailed Duke by two at halftime in November thanks in part to Sherrod’s tough play in the post. Sherrod got in foul trouble in the second half and Duke pulled away to win 80-61.

“It’s March and anything can happen,” said Sherrod. We’re just going to go in and compete, play hard, and being familiar with the team like that, we know what we need to do to be successful. Hopefully we’ll be able to execute on Saturday.”

Duke and Yale say they’re not putting too much weight in their matchup earlier this year as both teams have developed a lot since November.

“We’re two different teams now,” said Duke Freshman Guard Luke Kennard. “Teams grow throughout the season and that’s what we’ve done and they’ve done so as well. It’s going to be a different game…each team is better.”

Duke and Yale tipoff Saturday at 2:40 p.m. on CBS North Carolina

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