ACC TOURNAMENT EXIT FOR DUKE
Maryland got the better of Duke for the second time this season Friday, upsetting the Blue Devils 83-74 in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament in Greensboro Coliseum. The loss was Duke's first in the last nine ACC Tournament games in Greensboro and Duke's first quarterfinal exit since 1997. Maryland started the game hot and never cooled off, shooting 51.0 percent from the floor and 40.0 percent from three-point range to become only the fifth team to shoot 50.0 percent or better against Duke this season and the sixth to shoot at least 40.0 percent from three-point range. Duke meanwhile, had suffered from an especially cold night from three-point range, hitting just 4-of-25 (.160) shots from three-point range. Duke outscored Maryland 40-22 in the paint and committed just six turnovers, but could not overcome the off-shooting night from long range. The news wasn't all bad for Duke last weekend, however, as the Blue Devils earned a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Midwest Region and will play Albany in the second round Friday in Philadelphia, Pa.
The Blue Devils received the No. 2 seed in the Midwest Region and will advance to their 18th consecutive NCAA Tournament this weekend. While advancing to the tournament is nothing new for the Blue Devils, neither is the consistent success Duke has found once in the tournament. Here are a few notes about Duke's performance in the tournament.
- Duke is 96-32 (.750) all-time in the NCAA Tournament over a span of 36 total appearances.
- Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski is 79-24 in the NCAA Tournament and has the most NCAA Tournament wins of any coach in Division I history.
- Duke is 11-2 against the 2013 NCAA Tournament field.
- Duke has played in the national championship 10 times, including eight times under Krzyzewski.
- Duke is 23-8 as the No. 2 seed in the tournament.
- Duke is 4-0 when playing NCAA Tournament games in Philadelphia, Pa. Duke played in Philadelphia during the 1992 and 2001 NCAA Championship seasons.
- Duke is 10-3 (.769) out of the Midwest Region. Duke last won the Midwest Region in 1991.
- Duke has advanced to the Final Four 15 times, including 11 times under Krzyzewski.
BLUE DEVILS AMAKER & BREY LEAD TEAMS TO NCAA BIDS
Former Duke assistant coaches Tommy Amaker and Mike Brey continue to thrive as branches on Coach K's coaching tree, as both head coaches guided their respective programs to NCAA Tournament bids this season. Amaker, who also played at Duke from 1983-87, led his Harvard Crimson to the Ivy League regular season and tournament championships and received a No. 14 seed in the West Region for his efforts. Brey, meanwhile, coached his Notre Dame Fighting Irish to the No. 7 seed in the West Region following a 25-9 regular-season finish and a semifinal appearance in the Big East Tournament.
CURRY NAMED ALL-AMERICA
Seth Curry was named to the Sporting News All-America second team last week, becoming the 38th player in school history to earn All-America honors. Duke has had at least one All-America selection in six consecutive seasons and in 14 of the past 15 years. Of the 38 Duke players to earn All-America honors, 35 have been coached by Coach K.
BLUE DEVILS EARN ACC HONORS
It was ACC awards week last week, and five Blue Devils came away with league honors Monday. Named to the All-ACC Team were Mason Plumlee (first team), Seth Curry (second team) and Quinn Cook (third team), while Ryan Kelly earned honorable mention honors and Rasheed Sulaimon was named to the All-ACC Freshman Team. Plumlee was the top vote-getter in the voting, conducted by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association, drawing 73 first-team votes which was more than any other ACC player. Duke has now had a first team All-ACC selection in six straight seasons and three or more All-ACC picks 25 times, including 18 times under head coach Mike Krzyzewski.
PLUMLEE RECEIVES SKIP PROSSER AWARD
Two-time Academic All-America first team selection Mason Plumlee was honored prior to Duke's ACC Tournament quarterfinal matchup against Maryland with the league's prestigious Skip Prosser Award in an on-court ceremony. The award honors the ACC's top basketball scholar-athlete, a recognition Plumlee has certainly earned given his 3.36 grade point average and numerous academic and athletic accolades which include first team All-ACC, All-ACC Academic Team and finalist for the Senior CLASS Award.
AWARDS FOR CURRY
As if being named All-America and All-ACC weren't enough, even more honors came in for Seth Curry last week. The 6-1 senior guard picked up ACC Player of the Week honors for the second time this season Monday and also received a spot on the USBWA All-District III Team.
DOMINATES ACC PLAYER OF THE WEEK AWARDS
With Seth Curry's most recent selection, Duke has earned seven ACC Player of the Week awards this season for the most of any team in the ACC. The next closet team was N.C. State, which earned four honors. Duke became the first school in ACC history to have three players win the award twice, as Curry, Ryan Kelly and Mason Plumlee all earned the honor multiple times this season. Quinn Cook was also named ACC Player of the Week this year.
DEVILS AMONG SI'S 75 GREATEST NCAA TOURNEY PLAYERS
In celebration of the 75th year of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, the staff at Sports Illustrated has compiled a list of the 75 greatest players in NCAA Tournament history. Six Blue Devils grace the list, including Christian Laettner at No. 9, Bobby Hurley at No. 31 and Grant Hill at No. 34. Also making the list for Duke were Jason Williams (No. 45), Shane Battier (No. 52) and Johnny Dawkins (No. 58). Also of note, Laettner's overtime buzzer-beater against Kentucky in 1992 was named one of the top 10 moments in NCAA Tournament history. To view both lists, click the link below:
McROBERTS LEAD THE WAY IN ROUT OF CELTICS
Former Duke teammates Gerald Henderson and Josh McRoberts reunited at the trade deadline when the Charlotte Bobcats acquired McRoberts in a deal with the Orlando Magic. Those two played a significant role in Charlotte's 100-74 win over the Boston Celtics last Tuesday when Henderson scored a career-high 35 points and McRoberts recorded his first double-double as a Bobcat. Henderson hit 11-of-19 shots and went 12-of-12 from the free throw line in the career-best effort, while McRoberts posted 13 points and 10 rebounds. Since their performance against the Celtics, Henderson scored 22 points against Toronto and 16 more against Boston two days later, while McRoberts added 10 points and nine rebounds against Toronto and nine points and 10 rebounds in round two against the Celtics.
UNDERGOES SUCCESSFUL HAND SURGERY
New Orleans Hornets rookie Austin Rivers underwent successful surgery to repair a broken hand last Tuesday and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks, effectively cutting short his first NBA season. Rivers suffered the injury on March 6 against the Los Angeles Lakers in an effort in which he scored 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting in 15:21 of court time. Rivers had been playing some of his best ball of the season to that point, shooting 50.1 percent from the field and 40.0 percent from three-point range while averaging 7.1 points over his last 10 games. Rivers had also dished out 16 assists to just four turnovers during that span. For the season, the 10th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft played in 61 games, averaging 23:11 minutes, 6.2 points, 1.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game.
Devils have a week to right the ship (Durham Herald-Sun)
of Sulaimon's shooting touch gives Duke bright spot in bad night (Fayetteville
fouls data: Why Duke and UNC thrive (Raleigh News & Observer)
No bitterness, just adjusting to post-Orlando Magic life (Orlando Sentinel)
keeps one eye on his brother in Pac-12 Tournament (MichiganLive.com)
TWEETS OF THE WEEK
Toughest region is by far the West: Ville, Missouri, St Louis, MSU, Cincy, Oregon & Duke = WOW
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Congrats to @Duke_MBB on making their 18th consecutive Big Dance #MarchMadness
Happy 25th Bday to my big bro @StephenCurry30. Love u! Let him know hes getting old..
STAT OF THE WEEK
Duke has received either a No. 1 or No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament in 15 of the past 17 seasons. The next closest program to have received either a No. 1 or No. 2 seed is Kansas, which has 10. North Carolina has grabbed nine such seeds, while Kentucky and Connecticut have eight and seven, respectively.