In the final two games of the round of 32, a pair of No. 2 seeds out of the ACC look to book places in the Sweet 16. Both will face seventh-seeded teams with other plans.
Standing between No. 2 Duke and the regional semifinal is Doug McDermott and No. 7 Creighton. Nicknamed "Dougie McBuckets," the prolific forward notched 27 points an 11 rebounds as his Bluejays topped a physical Cincinnati squad in the second round. Will Duke be able to contain the versatile 6'8" scorer?
In their opening game of the tournament, Coach K's Blue Devils withstood a solid challenge from No. 15 Albany. Ultimately, the Great Danes could not keep pace with Duke's offense.
In the second game of the doubleheader at the Erwin Center in Austin, the team that bested Duke for the ACC regular-season and tournament titles, Miami, faces No. 7 Illinois. The Hurricanes, who dominated No. 15 Pacific in the second round, are coached by Jim Larranaga, who piloted George Mason to the Final Four in 2006. Shane Larkin and Miami will have to limit Brandon Paul, who struggled from the field in the second round against Colorado yet still managed 17 points.
Will it be a good night for the ACC or will it be seventh-seed heaven for the underdogs?
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03/25/2013 12:00 AM EDT
No. 2 Ohio State beats No. 10 Iowa State 78-75
No. 1 Indiana beats No. 9 Temple 58-52
No. 1 Kansas beats No. 8 UNC 70-58
No. 3 Florida beats No. 11 Minnesota 78-64
No. 15 FGCU beats No. 7 SDSU 81-71
No. 13 La Salle beats No. 12 Ole Miss 76-74
No. 2 Miami beats No. 7 Illinois 63-59
No. 2 Duke beats No. 7 Creighton 66-50
03/24/2013 11:59 PM EDT
Duke wins 66-50. Coach K is in the Sweet 16 for the 21st time.
03/24/2013 11:57 PM EDT
@ jppalmCBS :
Indy will have the feel of a Final Four. Might even be better than the actual Final Four. Coaches will have 23 final fours, six titles.
03/24/2013 11:56 PM EDT
@ ESPNDanaOneil :
Midwest regional: Tom Izzo, Rick Pitino, Mike Krzyzewski and Dana Altman. Like the Sesame Street bit, which one is different, do you know?
03/24/2013 11:54 PM EDT
Rasheed Sulaimon's free throws make it 61-57 Duke. 2 minutes to go.
03/24/2013 11:52 PM EDT
@ JonRothstein :
Quinn Cook has been absolutely brilliant for Duke in these first two games. 17 assists, 4 turnovers vs. Albany and Creighton.
03/24/2013 11:50 PM EDT
Kelly finally gets his first point of the game with a free throw. Missed the 2nd. 57-44 Duke with 2:50 to go.
03/24/2013 11:49 PM EDT
@ SethDavisHoops :
One of the benefits of coaching seniors is they know how to play with four fouls. Duke has done a great job on McBuckets.
03/24/2013 11:45 PM EDT
@ JonRothstein :
If Rasheed Suliamon scores in double figures, Duke is going to be one tough team to beat. Totally changes landscape of their team.
03/24/2013 11:43 PM EDT
Rasheed Sulaimon knocks down a long, long 3 from the left wing. Gregory Echenique answers with a bucket in the paint but Duke still leads by 10 with under 4 to go.