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AP: Smith's Performance Key in Duke's Win
Saturday 03/21/2010  -  Associated Press
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Courtesy: David Bradley, Duke Basketball
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Nolan Smith scored a game-high 20 points in Sunday’s win over Cal.
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Duke guard Nolan Smith had hoped to face Louisville — where his father, the late Derek Smith, once played — on Sunday.

But California's first-round win knocked Louisville out of the NCAA Tournament and created a challenging matchup for Smith.

He responded with one of the best games of his career as Duke used tight perimeter defense to earn a 68-53 win and advance to the South Regional semifinals. Duke (31-5) will play No. 4 seed Purdue (29-5) at 10 p.m. Friday in Houston.

Smith played a huge role in getting the Blue Devils to the regional semis. He was assigned to defend the Pac-10 player of the year, Cal guard Jerome Randle.

"From the get-go, I really wanted to make it clear that I was going to be in his jersey the whole game," Smith said. "That was the game plan."

Check out the full story at newsobserver.com.
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