Jon Scheyer scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half of Friday’s win over Purdue.
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HOUSTON, Texas – The Man himself — John Wooden — often has made the observation that in March, good teams must find a way to win on bad nights.
So do good players.
If there was any doubt about it before Friday, there's none now. With Jon Scheyer going from lost to boss, Duke established its ability to win ugly — really ugly — with a 70-57 win over Purdue in Reliant Stadium on Friday night.
The ACC champion Blue Devils (32-5) are a good team. Exactly how good, we're about to find out.
In order to set up a date opposite Baylor in Sunday's NCAA South Regional championship game at 5:05 p.m. EDT, the Blue Devils will be coming off a game that few teams would have won. Other than defense and relentless rebounding, almost nothing clicked for much of the game.
Scheyer will be there Sunday in the wake of a performance so uneven that he might as well have been two different people against the 29-6 Boilermakers, who were bidding for the first 30-win season in school history.