7:10 PM ET, March 20, 2008
Verizon Center, Washington, DC
WASHINGTON (AP) -- There it was, plain as could be on the overhead scoreboard, orange numbering on a black background: As the closing seconds ticked away Thursday night, Belmont was beating Duke.Read that again, slowly: No. 15-seeded Belmont was beating No. 2 Duke. Belmont, the Atlantic Sun Conference school with zero NCAA tournament wins to its credit, was leading Duke, the Atlantic Coast Conference school with three national championships on its resume.
O'Neil: Duke's March Aura Faded
The Blue Devils' intimidation factor in the NCAA tourney is long gone. Fifteen-seed Belmont reminded the nation of that Thursday when the Bruins nearly pulled off an improbable upset of a second-seeded Duke team, writes Dana O'Neil. Story
Just like old times?
No. 2 seed Duke got all it could handle from No. 15 seed Belmont on Thursday, but managed a 71-70 win in the opening round of the NCAA tournament. The Blue Devils' last one-point win in the NCAAs came 16 years ago with a familiar face providing the heroics.
|Round||Elite 8||First round|
|GW FG||Christian Laettner||Gerald Henderson|
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||26-59 (.441)||25-58 (.431)|
|3P Made-Attempted||8-23 (.348)||6-21 (.286)|
|FT Made-Attempted||10-15 (.667)||15-21 (.714)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||21 (0/0)||17 (0/0)|
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