Tonight the #2 seed Duke Blue Devils took on the #7 seed Creighton Bluejays in the third round of the NCAA Tournament. Neither team shot the ball well in the first half, and Duke’s 29-23 halftime lead reflected that. Duke was able to start the game on an 11-4 run, however, they then went cold and shot 37% from the field. Creighton’s poor shooting dug them an early hole as they started the game 4/15 shooting. Although they shot just 28% from the field, Doug McDermott helped keep the game close with 13 points in the first half.
Foul trouble was also an issue for both teams. Multiple Duke players played a majority of the second half with four fouls, yet Creighton couldn’t take advantage and get them to foul out. With their star players able to remain in the game Duke was able to build a double-digit lead. The shooting woes continued in the second half as well as both teams shot under 40%. Each team struggled equally, but Duke was just the superior team. McDermott had 21 points and 9 rebounds for Creighton and received little help from his teammates. Duke had three players in double-digit scoring led by freshman Rasheed Sulaimon with 21. Duke Freshman Rasheed Sulaimon scored 21 points as well. Seth Curry contributed 17 points while Mason Plumlee gave 10 points for Duke.
Duke advances to the Sweet-Sixteen to play Michigan State on March 29th.