Courtesy: Duke Sports Information Release: 03/25/2013
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Duke 66, Creighton 50
Team Notes: • Duke won its 2,000th game to become only the fourth program in NCAA Division I history to reach that plateau. Kansas, Kentucky and North Carolina are the only other programs to reach 2,000 victories. • Head coach Mike Krzyzewski won his 81st NCAA Tournament game, the most in Division I history. Krzyzewski is 81-24 (.771) all-time in the NCAA Tournament, the second-highest winning percentage in NCAA history. • Duke won its 98th NCAA Tournament game. The Blue Devils rank third all-time in NCAA history in NCAA Tournament wins, first in NCAA Tournament winning percentage (98-32, .754), fifth in NCAA Tournament games (130) and fifth in NCAA Tournament appearances (37). • Duke advanced to the Sweet 16 for the 27th time in program history and the 21st time under Coach K. • Duke improved to 6-0 in NCAA Tournament games played in Philadelphia, Pa. Duke won two games in Philadelphia in the 1992 and 2001 NCAA Championship seasons. • Duke improved to 25-8 as the No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Duke has received either a No. 1 or No. 2 seed in 15 of the last 17 seasons and 22 times in head coach Mike Krzyzewski’s 29 NCAA Tournament trips. • Duke gave up just two three-pointers. Creighton shot just 2-of-19 (.105) from three-point range, well below their season clip of .422 from beyond the arc. • Duke played its 210th straight game as a top-10 team. Duke is 175-35 (.833) in that span. • Duke stayed unbeaten against non-conference teams this season, running its non-conference record to 15-0. • Creighton’s Doug McDermott entered the game ranked second nationally in scoring and was the fifth player Duke has faced this season in the NCAA’s top 25 in points per game. Duke held McDermott to 21 points, below his season average of 23.2 PPG. In those six games against NCAA top-25 scorers, Duke has held all but Delaware’s Devon Saddler under their season average.
Quinn Cook • Dished out six assists while committing only two turnovers. Cook has 17 assists and just three turnovers in his two NCAA Tournament games.
Seth Curry • Scored in double figures for the 27th time this season and 15th time in the last 16 games. • Extended a streak of 16 consecutive games with a three-pointer. • Scored 13 of his 17 points in the second half.
Ryan Kelly • Duke improved to 20-1 with Kelly in the lineup in 2012-13 and 110-14 (.887) all-time. Kelly ranks third on Duke’s all-time winning percentage list behind only Shane Battier (.897) and Casey Sanders (.895). • Did not hit a field goal for the first time since an 0-for-2 performance at Ohio State on Nov. 29, 2011. Kelly had hit a field goal in 44 games.
Mason Plumlee • Scored in double figures for the 31st time in Duke’s 34 games. • Picked up his fourth personal foul with 17:48 remaining in the game. Plumlee did not pick up his fifth foul until 2:45 remained in the game, helping Duke turn a 31-27 lead into a 57-47 lead during that span.
Rasheed Sulaimon • Scored in double figures for the 21st time this season. Sulaimon was in double figures before the end of the first half. • Recorded his fourth 20-point game of the season and led Duke in scoring for the fourth time. • Became the first Duke freshman to score 20 points in an NCAA Tournament game since Luol Deng on March 20, 2004 against Seton Hall.