Courtesy: Duke Sports Information Release: 03/31/2013
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Louisville 85, Duke 63
Team Notes: • Duke suffered only its second loss in the Elite Eight under head coach Mike Krzyzewski. Duke entered the game with an 11-1 record in the Regional Final and had won four in a row. Duke’s last loss in the Elite Eight came at the hands of Kentucky, 86-84, on March 22, 1998. Duke is 16-3 all-time in the NCAA Regional Final. • Mason Plumlee and Seth Curry were named to the NCAA Midwest Regional All-Tournament Team, becoming the fifth and sixth Blue Devils to earn that honor. Plumlee averaged 15.5 points and 9.5 rebounds in the regional and 16.0 points and 8.0 rebounds in the tournament, while Curry averaged 20.5 for the regional and 21.0 in the tournament. Curry shot 61.5 percent (8-of-15) from three-point range in the regional and 50.0 percent (12-of-24) for the tournament. Those two accounted for 53.7 percent of Duke’s total scoring in the two games versus Michigan State and Louisville. • The loss was Duke’s first to a top-10 team this season. Duke finished the year 5-1 against top-10 teams. • Duke fell one win shy of becoming the third team to win 100 NCAA Tournament games. The Blue Devils rank third all-time in NCAA history in NCAA Tournament wins (99), first in NCAA Tournament winning percentage (99-33, .756), fourth in NCAA Tournament games (132) and fifth in NCAA Tournament appearances (37). • The loss was Duke’s first to a non-conference team all season. Duke finished 16-1 against non-conference teams in 2012-13. • The lead changed hands 10 times in the first half. • With the game tied at 42-42, the Cardinals went on a 20-4 run to build a double-digit lead they would not relinquish. Louisville hit 9-of-11 field goals during that run while Duke missed 10 in a row. • Duke had 10 turnovers in the first half and just two in the second half. Louisville registered 10 steals in the game, the second-most by a Duke opponent this season.
Seth Curry • Scored in double figures for the 16th time in the last 17 games and in the seventh consecutive game. • Curry scored in double figures in every game of this year’s NCAA Tournament and averaged 21.0 points in those four games. • Attempted only three shots in the first half and did not score. • Ended his career on a streak of 18 consecutive games with a made three-pointer. • Finished his career with 1,394 points, 223 three-pointers and a .420 three-point shooting percentage. Curry finished 34th on Duke’s all-time scoring list, eighth in made three-pointers, third in three-point percentage and fifth in free throw percentage.
Ryan Kelly • Duke suffered only its second loss of the season with Kelly in the lineup this season. Kelly finished his career with a 111-15 (.881) record to rank fourth on Duke’s all-time winning percentage list behind only Shane Battier (.897), Casey Sanders (.895) and Mike Dunleavy (.885). • Finished his career with 959 points, 465 rebounds and 102 three-pointers. Kelly is only the second Duke player 6-10 or taller to hit 100 three-pointers, joining Danny Ferry on that list.
Mason Plumlee • Recorded his 18th double-double of the season, tied for the 10th-most in school history. Plumlee averaged 17.2 points and 10.0 rebounds, becoming the first Blue Devil since Shelden Williams (2005-06) to average a double-double for the season. • Finished his career with 1,384 points, 1,085 rebounds and 199 blocks. Plumlee ranks 35th on Duke’s all-time scoring list, fourth in rebounds and fifth in blocked shots. • Posted a .599 field goal percentage for the season, ranked tied for the third-highest by a Duke player in a single season. • Scored in double figures for the 33rd time in Duke’s 36 games.
Quinn Cook • Finished with 12 points, four rebounds, five assists and just one turnover in 36 minutes. For the tournament, Cook finished with a 3.43:1 assist-to-turnover ratio and averaged 6.0 assists per game. • Recorded the 10th highest assist-to-turnover ratio for a season in Duke history with a 2.41:1 mark. • Became the seventh player in Duke history to average over 10.0 points, 5.0 assists and 3.0 rebounds per game.