12:15 PM ET, March 22, 2013
Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
PHILADELPHIA -- Duke had been hearing about Lehigh for a year.The second-seeded Blue Devils used the perimeter shooting of Seth Curry and the inside dominance of Mason Plumlee to put last season's NCAA tournament upset to rest, beating Albany 73-61 on Friday in the second round of the Midwest Regional.It was in the same round -- and with the same seeding -- that Duke was shocked by Lehigh last March.
Curry Ends Tourney Woes
Seth Curry scored more points Friday against Albany (26) than he did in his first four NCAA Tournament games combined (18). However, he barely surpassed his brother's worst scoring game. Stephen Curry never scored fewer than 25 points in five NCAA Tournament games, averaging 31.6 points per tourney game.
Seth Curry in NCAA tournament games
|1st 4 Games||Friday*|
|* 1st NCAA tourney game with 10+ pts|
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NCAA Mens Tournament
PHILADELPHIA, PA - MARCH 22: Seth Curry #30 of the Duke Blue Devils reacts after making a three-pointer in the...(Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Around Champ Week
MVP: Seth Curry. The guard, who was awful against Lehigh a year ago, made the most of a new opportunity. Curry shot 1-for-9 from the floor and 1-for-7 from behind the arc for seven points in the upset stunner to the Mountain Hawks in 2012. This time, slightly better results: 10-of-14 from the floor, 2-of-2 from behind the arc, 26 points.
X factor: Albany had no real answer for Mason Plumlee. Well of course not. He was a national player of the year candidate. Those guys don't stroll around the Albany campus. Still, the Duke big man took advantage of his advantage, if you will. Playing like he had stickum on his hands, he caught everything tossed his way to finish with 23 points and eight rebounds.
That was a load off Duke's mind: No matter how much Duke achieved this season, it was going to be dogged by its 2012 albatross, the loss to No. 15 seed Lehigh. A fair percentage of the Blue Devils' questions in Thursday's news conference were about that loss -- if they wanted to erase it, if they had forgotten it and so on. Now it's time for a new story line.
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||19-52 (.365)||27-46 (.587)|
|3P Made-Attempted||9-15 (.600)||4-11 (.364)|
|FT Made-Attempted||14-16 (.875)||15-21 (.714)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||19 (0/0)||18 (0/0)|
|» Mar 22, 2013||@DUKE 73, ALBY 61||Recap|
Quinn Cook had 11 assists in Duke's win against Albany. It was Cook's third career game with 10 or more assists. He recorded eight of his assists in the paint, tying Kendall Marshall for the most assists in the paint in the last four Men's Basketball Championships.
Mason Plumlee scored 18 of his 23 points in the paint in Duke's win against Albany. He had two fewer points in the paint than Albany had as a team, despite having 12 fewer attempts.
Seth Curry scored more points today against Albany (26) than he did in his first four NCAA Tournament games combined (18). But even then he barely caught his brother's worst scoring game. Stephen never scored fewer than 25 points in five NCAA Tournament games and averaged 31.6 points per tourney game.[+]
Seth Curry in Men's Basketball Championship
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