NCAA Sweet 16:  Duke vs.  Michigan State Friday, March 29, 2013 • 9:45 p.m. • CBS Indianapolis, Ind. • Lucas Oil Stadium (36,000)
Television CBS Play-by-Play: Jim Nantz Analyst: Clark Kellogg Sideline: Tracy Wolfson
Radio Blue Devil IMG Sports Network Sirius/XM – 94/190 Play-by-Play: Bob Harris Analyst: John Roth
Dial Global Play-by-Play: Kevin Kugler Analyst: Pete Gillen
The Opening Tip • Duke defeated No. 7 seed Creighton 66-50 in the NCAA third round to advance to the Sweet 16 for the fourth time in the last five years and 21st time under head coach Mike Krzyzewski. • Duke is 12-8 in the NCAA Regional Semifinal under Krzyzewski and 18-8 all-time. • Duke received the No. 2 seed in the Midwest Region and is playing in its 18th consecutive NCAA Tournament. • Duke is 25-8 when playing as a No. 2 seed in the tournament. The Blue Devils are 12-3 when playing in the Midwest Region. • Duke is 4-2 against No. 3 seeds in the NCAA Tournament and has won four of the last five games against No. 3 seeds. • The Blue Devils are ranked No. 6 in the AP Poll and No. 7 in the USA Today Coaches Poll. Duke is 4-0 this season and 76-24 overall when ranked No. 6 in the country.
The Last Time Out • Rasheed Sulaimon scored 21 points, and Seth Curry added 17 points to lead second-seeded Duke past seventh-seeded Creighton 66-50 in the NCAA Tournament third round. • Sulaimon shot 5-of-9 from the field, 3-of-5 from three-point range and 8-of-10 from the free throw line in his fourth 20-point effort of the season. It was only the second 20-point effort by a Duke freshman in an NCAA Tournament game since the 2004-05 season. • Quinn Cook dished out six assists and committed just two turnovers, while Mason Plumlee scored 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting. • Creighton entered the game averaging 75.1 points per game but was held to a season-low 50 points. The Bluejays made just 16 field goals – the second-fewest by a Duke opponent this season – and only 2-of-19 shots from three-point range.
Numbers Game • The Blue Devils recorded their 2,000th win last Sunday in the 66-50 victory over Creighton. Duke is 2,000-839 all-time, putting the program alongside Kentucky, Kansas and North Carolina as the only teams to reach the 2,000-win plateau. • Duke is one win shy of reaching the 30-win plateau for the 13th time in school history, all of which have come under head coach Mike Krzyzewski. Coach K has more 30-win seasons than any coach in NCAA history. • The Blue Devils are 8-1 on neutral courts this season. Duke has defeated No. 3 Kentucky, No. 2 Louisville, Minnesota, VCU, Davidson and No. 22 Creighton on neutral courts this season. Duke’s lone neutral site loss this season came against Maryland in the ACC Tournament. • Duke was ranked No. 6 in the final AP Poll of the 2012-13 season. The senior trio of Seth Curry, Ryan Kelly and Mason Plumlee spent their entire careers ranked in the top 10 of the AP Poll. • Duke has the second-highest three-point percentage (.403) and second-lowest opponent three-point percentage (.295) of any of the remaining 16 teams in the NCAA Tournament. • Duke is 22-1 on the season when shooting better than 45.0 percent from the field. The Blue Devils are 18-0 when shooting 40.0 percent or better from three-point range. • Duke is 15-0 against non-conference teams this season. • Duke opponents are assisting on just 40.7 percent of their field goals, the second-lowest mark in the nation. • Duke is 20-1 with Ryan Kelly in the lineup this season, including a 4-0 mark against top-five teams. Kelly is among the winningest players at Duke, posting a 110-14 (.887) record to rank third on Duke’s all-time winning percentage list. • Seth Curry averaged 21.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game in Duke’s first two NCAA Tournament games. He netted 26 points against Albany and 17 against Creighton. • Seth Curry has hit a three-pointer in 16 consecutive games and is shooting .421 (45-of-107) from three-point range during that streak. • Seth Curry and Mason Plumlee combine to score 34.5 points per game, the highest combined scoring average of any guard-forward combination left in the NCAA Tournament.
The Duke-Michigan State Series • Duke is 7-2 all-time against Michigan State, including a 7-1 mark under Coach K. • In the last meeting between Duke and Michigan State, Coach K won his NCAA record-breaking 903rd game in Madison Square Garden. • Duke is 2-1 against Michigan State in the NCAA Tournament. • For more on the Duke-Michigan State series, visit: http://bit.ly/ZTGzrU
Duke in the NCAA Tournament • Duke is 98-32 (.754) all-time in the NCAA Tournament over 37 total appearances. Head coach Mike Krzyzewski is 81-24 in the NCAA Tournament and has the most NCAA Tournament wins in Division I history. • Duke has played in the national championship game 10 times, including eight times -under Coach K. • Duke is 13-2 against the 2013 NCAA Tournament field. • Duke has received a No. 1 or No. 2 seed in 15 of the past 17 seasons. • Duke is 6-1 in NCAA Tournament games played in Indianapolis, Ind. Duke won the 2010 and 1991 NCAA Championships in Indianapolis.
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