Courtesy: Duke Sports Information Release: 03/22/2013
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Duke 73, Albany 61
Team Notes: • Head coach Mike Krzyzewski won his 80th NCAA Tournament game, the most in Division I history. Krzyzewski is 80-24 (.769) all-time in the NCAA Tournament, the second-highest winning percentage in NCAA history. • Duke won its 1,999th game and is just one win shy of becoming the fourth program in NCAA history to reach 2,000 wins. • Duke won its 97th NCAA Tournament game. The Blue Devils rank third all-time in NCAA history in NCAA Tournament wins, first in NCAA Tournament winning percentage (97-32, .752), fifth in NCAA Tournament games (129) and fifth in NCAA Tournament appearances (37). • Duke improved to 5-0 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 24-8 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. • Thanks to a combined 19-of-25 shooting performance from seniors Seth Curry (10-of-14) and Mason Plumlee (9-of-11), Duke shot 58.7 percent (27-of-46) from the floor. Duke is 22-1 this season when shooting better than 45.0 percent from the floor. • Duke played its 209th straight game as a top-10 team. Duke is 174-35 in that span. • Duke stayed unbeaten against non-conference teams this season, running its non-conference record to 14-0. • Duke scored at least 35 points in the first half for the 18th time. Duke is 18-0 when scoring 35 or more points in the first half. • The senior trio of Seth Curry, Ryan Kelly and Mason Plumlee combined to score 57 points. Those three have combined to score at least 50 points 10 times this season and at least 40 points in 18 of their 20 games together this season. • Duke had two 20-point scorers for the eighth time this season.
Quinn Cook • Dished out 11 assists while committing only one turnover. The 11:1 assist-to-turnover ratio was Cook’s third-highest of the season. • Recorded the second-most assists in an NCAA Tournament game in Duke history, falling just one assist shy of matching Quin Snyder’s 12 on March 19, 1988 against SMU. It was the fourth double-digit assist game by a Duke player in the NCAA Tournament and the first since Bobby Hurley had 10 against in the famed Kentucky matchup on March 28, 1992. • Committed no more than one turnover for the 13th time this season. Cook has two or fewer turnovers in 21 games. • Snapped a streak of eight straight games with a three-pointer.
Seth Curry • Recorded his 17th 20-point game of the season and 24th of his career. Curry has scored at least 20 points in nine of his last 14 games and is averaging 19.4 points per game during that span. • Hit his first five shots on the way to 12 first-half points. • Scored in double figures for the 26th time this season and 14th time in the last 15 games. • Extended a streak of 15 consecutive games with a three-pointer.
Ryan Kelly • Duke improved to 19-1 with Kelly in the lineup in 2012-13 and 109-14 (.886) all-time. Kelly ranks third on Duke’s all-time winning percentage list behind only Shane Battier (.897) and Casey Sanders (.895). • Extended his consecutive made free throw streak to 13. • Blocked three shots, increasing his season average to 1.4 per game.
Mason Plumlee • Sank 9-of-11 shots from the field for a .818 field goal percentage, a mark that ranks third by a Duke player in NCAA Tournament history. Only Christian Laettner (10-of-10, 1.000) and Johnny Dawkins (10-of-12, .833) had a highest single-game field goal percentage in the tournament. • Moved into 35th place on Duke’s all-time scoring list with 1,353 points, passing DeMarcus Nelson (1,336) and Joe Belmont (1,338). • Scored in double figures for the 30th time in Duke’s 33 games. • Threw down six dunks for the game. Four of those dunks came on assists by Quinn Cook.