Devils Sink Pirates 90-62

Sophomore J.J. Redick broke out of his month long shooting slump with a team high 21 points as Duke easily advanced to the Round of 16 with a 90-62 victory over the Seton Hall Pirates. The win improved the Blue Devils' record to 29-5 on the season and sends them to Atlanta for round three against the winner of Cincinatti and Illinois.

J.J. Redick's shooting slump is over and Duke is moving on.

The Blue Devils guard, cold for much of the past month, scored 21 points Saturday to lead Duke to a 90-62 victory over Seton Hall in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

Duke (29-5) came into the tournament as a top seed, but with a little bit of an asterisk, in part because of Redick's struggles of late. He had shot only 34 percent over the nine games leading into the tournament and the Blue Devils had lost three times.

But the team's leading scorer this season started heating up in the second half of Duke's opening win against Alabama State, and he kept it going against the eighth-seeded Pirates (21-10). He made his first four shots - his first nine if you count his five straight free throws - and wound up 6-for-10, and 7-for-7 from the line.  

  Luol Deng went 6-for-9 for 20 points and Shavlik Randolph went 4-for-5 for eight points. Shelden Williams finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Overall, the Blue Devils shot 54 percent on a day when the hoop looked as big as, say, the Georgia Dome, which is where they'll go next for the semifinals in the Atlanta Regional.

Mike Krzyzewski's team, seeking its fourth national title, advanced to the second weekend of the tournament for the seventh straight time and will face the winner of Sunday's game between Cincinnati and Illinois.

Seton Hall, making its first trip to the tournament since 2000, was overmatched and unable to get a big game from its best player, all-Big East guard Andre Barrett.

Earlier in the week, Krzyzewski called Barrett one of the 10 best players in the country. But Barrett spent this entire game blanketed by Duke's Chris Duhon, whose injured ribs didn't prevent him from playing the top-notch defense he's known for.

Barrett finished with eight points and five assists. Duhon, who hurt himself running into a stationary TV camera during the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament last weekend, played through the pain and added nine points, six rebounds and five assists to his nice defensive effort.

But Duke's real star this day was Redick.

His shooting touch had been a prime topic of conversation on Tobacco Road in recent weeks. Some analysts thought his mechanics were off. Krzyzewski insisted he was just a little worn down from being guarded by the ACC's best defenders all season.

Redick didn't take a shot for the first 13 minutes against Alabama State and finished the first half 0-for-4. At halftime, Krzyzewski urged him to shoot more - Redick said it was one of the rare times anyone had told him to do that - and since then, Redick has scored 35 points on 11-for-19 shooting.

On Saturday, it took 15 minutes for Redick to miss his first shot. By then, the Blue Devils were ahead 35-17.

Seton Hall, which overcame a 14-point deficit in a first-round win over Arizona, worked the lead down to nine late in the first half, but Redick hit a 3-pointer for a 40-28 lead just before halftime.

Duke built the lead to as many as 29 during a tedious second half that included 20 Seton Hall fouls. Kelly Whitney and John Allen led the Pirates with 14 points each.

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