Game Day: Duke (28-5) vs. Seton Hall (21-9)

After blasting Alabama State in the first round, the Blue Devils return to action Saturday at 1:10 PM to face off against Seton Hall. The Pirates surprised Arizona 80-76 in the late game Thursday night. TDD offers a quick preview of The Hall.

After blasting Alabama State in the first round, the Blue Devils return to action Saturday at 1:10 PM to face off against Seton Hall. The Pirates surprised Arizona 80-76 in the late game Thursday night. TDD offers a quick preview of The Hall.


Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski on Andre Barrett:

"You're not going to completely stop him. You just hope that he doesn't have a great game against you. He's a different point guard than anyone we've faced. He changes speed better than anyone and has a great knowledge of the game instinctively."


*-Top-seeded and No. 6 Duke (28-5) will face eighth-seeded Seton Hall (21-9) in the second round of the 2004 NCAA Tournament. The Blue Devils and Pirates are familiar with one another in NCAA Tournament action, having faced one another twice previously in the tournament. In 1989, Seton Hall eliminated Duke, 95-78, in the Final Four in Seattle. Duke defeated Seton Hall, 81-69, in the East Regional semifinal en route to its second consecutive national championship in 1992.

*- As a number one seed in the NCAA Tournament, Duke is now 30-5 all-time.

*- Under Mike Krzyzewski, Duke is now 61-16 (.792) in NCAA Tournament games. Coach K's .792 NCAA Tournament winning percentage ranks first among active coaches. Krzyzewski's 61 wins are second-most in NCAA history behind only Dean Smith's 65. Since 1985, Coach K's 61 NCAA Tournament wins are 26 ahead of the next-closest active coaches (North Carolina's Roy Williams and Arizona's Lute Olson each have 35 NCAA wins).

*- Senior Chris Duhon, who played with a bruised right rib suffered in the ACC Tournament championship game last Sunday, registered two steals vs. Alabama State on Thursday. He now has 35 steals in the NCAA Tournament, which is the third-highest in NCAA history behind only Duke's Grant Hill (39) and Kentucky's Wayne Turner (38).

*- Duhon also became just the third player in ACC history to reach 120 victories in his career. He trails only Duke's Shane Battier (131) and Christian Laettner (122) among the league's all-time leaders in that category.

*- Seton Hall's Andre Sweet originally played his college basketball at Duke. He appeared in seven games during the 2000-01 season as a Blue Devil, averaging 4.1 points and 2.6 rebounds. He transferred to Seton Hall following that season.

*- Duke has played six previous NCAA Tournament games in Raleigh (5-1 record). Duke won opening and second round games in Raleigh in 1964 and 1966.

*- Duke's entire regular starting five — Chris Duhon, J.J. Redick, Shelden Williams, Luol Deng and Daniel Ewing — each earned some kind of All-ACC recognition. Duhon was first team All-ACC, Redick and Williams second team, Deng third team and Ewing an honorable mention selection.

*- Shelden Williams ranks in first place among active ACC players with 16 career double-doubles.

*- Duke earned a No. 1 seed in the Atlanta Region in 2004, marking the sixth time in the past seven seasons (eighth time overall) the Blue Devils have entered the NCAA Tournament as a No. 1 seed. Duke previously earned No. 1 seeds in 1986, 1992, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002.

*- Eighteen of Duke's 32 games this season came against teams that were invited to the 2004 NCAA Tournament. Duke posted a 14-4 (.778) record vs. teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament.

*- Duke has been very balanced offensively this season as five players — J.J. Redick (15.9), Luol Deng (14.7), Shelden Williams (12.8), Daniel Ewing (12.6) and Chris Duhon (10.5) — are averaging at least 10.0 points per game.

*- Duke has a 109-42 record during the month of March under Mike Krzyzewski. The Blue Devils have won 26 of their last 32 games in March dating back to the 2001 season.

*- Thirteen of Duke's last 28 opponents have shot .400 or less from the floor, including .318 by 11thranked Texas on Dec. 20, .400 by fifth-ranked Michigan State on Dec. 3, .353 by fourth-ranked Wake Forest on Jan. 17, .377 by No. 14 Georgia Tech on Jan. 31 and .367 by No. 14 North Carolina on March 6

Meet the Pirates:

Probable Starting Lineup:
   Andre Barret (5-10, 172, G, Sr.) - 17.9 ppg, 5.9 apg
   John Allen (6-5, 207, G, Jr.) - 12.5 ppg, 4.8 rpg
   Marcus Toney-El (6-6, 210, F, Sr.) - 6.8 ppg, 5.3 rpg
   Andre Sweet (6-6, 215, F, Jr.) - 10.5 ppg, 6.4 rpg
   Kelly Whitney (6-8, 240, C, So.) - 12.8 ppg, 6.6 rpg
Key Reserves:
   J.R. Morris (6-5, 206, F, So.) – 10.1 ppg, 3.8 rpg
   Grant Billmeier (6-10, 245, C, Fr.) – 1.6 ppg, 2.2 rpg
   Eric Davis (6-9, 225, F, So.) – 1.3 ppg, 0.8 rpg
   Donald Copeland (5-10, 160, G, So.) – 1.2 ppg, 0.6 rpg)
After many figured they would bow to the favored Arizona Wildcats, Seton Hall rallied for an 80-76 victory Thursday night, setting up a Saturday tilt with the Blue Devils. While Arizona may have been more talented on paper, the Pirates look to be the tougher opponent.

Seton Hall's offense begins with senior point guard Andre Barrett, who torched Duke two seasons ago in the Maui Invitational. He's only gotten better since that game, leading his team in points, assists, and steals. Despite being just 5-foot-10, Barrett is deceptively strong and could very well be the quickest point guard in all of college basketball. Add that in to a very accurate perimeter jumper and you've got the ultimate college point guard.

Aside from Barrett the Pirates have gotten a balanced attack from a trio of 6'6 ‘tweeners'. Marcus Toney-El, John Allen, and former Blue Devil Andre Sweet all are capable of hitting jumpers from the perimeter in, and all play bigger than their height. None are afraid of contact, nor will they be in ‘awe' of anything Duke. Late in the game you don't want to put Allen on the line. Overall the frontcourt threesome is good enough to beat you, and will keep you honest with jump shooting ability.

In the middle the Hall starts 6-foot-8, 240 pound big man Kelly Witney, who has had trouble with bigger centers, but can be a load once he gets his feet under him. Led the team with 28 blocked shots, and runs the floor reasonably well. He knows how to operate in the paint, shooting nearly 58% on the season.

Off the bench come J.R. Morris, a 6-foot-5 205 pound slasher who is the fifth member of the roster to average double figures. In the middle is Grant Billmeier who can add size at nearly 6-foot-11.

Keys for Duke:

The front line has to rebound for Mike Krzyzewski as the Pirates are known to crash the boards at every opportunity, and will not shy away from mixing it up down on the blocks. Duke must get a good effort from both Shavlik Randolph and Nick Horvath, while keeping Shelden Williams out of early foul trouble. Also Luol Deng has to rebound from his wing position.

Defensively Duke has to try and stay in front of Barrett to cut down his penetration. If Duhon isn't able to go at full strength, look for defensive stopper Sean Dockery to try and match up with the 5'10 speedster. If the Blue Devils can cut down on Barrett's penetration, it will be a big step towards a win.

It will also be critical to keep attacking in hopes of building an early lead as the Hall has won just twice when trailing at the half, though it did rally in the first round against Arizona.

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