A Look at Duke

The second round opponent today of the Texas Longhorns will be ACC and national power Duke. The Blue Devils are a #2 seed for the second year in a row and the seventh time under Coach Krzyzewski. Duke is 3-0 against the Longhorns all-time.

The Texas Longhorns face a daunting task today in Greensboro, NC against a Duke Blue Devil team that Texas has never defeated. The Blue Devils enter today 29-6 coming off of a first round win over Binghamton 86-62 on Thursday night.

Duke is a second seed for the second straight year. In 2008, Duke was upset in the second round by #7 seed West Virginia 73-67.

Versus the NCAA Field

As usual, the Blue Devils play a tough schedule combining a decent non-league schedule with an ACC schedule that featured six opponents that were NCAA Tournament selections. The Blue Devils went 10-6 against NCAA Tournament teams in 2008-09.

North Carolina 0-2
Maryland 3-0
Florida State 3-0
Boston College 1-1
Wake Forest 1-1
Clemson 0-1
Michigan 1-1
Xavier 1-0

Versus the remaining field after the first round of the "Big Dance", Duke is 5-3. Duke's only losses on the season are to NCAA Tournament teams.

Duke Shooting Blanks in Losses

The Blue Devils attempt 20.7 three-pointers per game on the season. That is nothing new as Duke is a team that can live and die by the three at times. This year in losses, that is no different.

In the Blue Devils six losses, they have knocked down just 25.5% from three making 33 of 129 averaging 21.5 three-point attempts per game in losses.

The problem for Duke when they are off from three is compounded by the fact that they aren't a great rebounding team and don't have an inside game to lean on when the deep jumpers aren't falling. In the six losses, the Blue Devils had a -3.8 rebound margin.

Duke as a two seed

Under Krzyzewski, the Blue Devils have been a two seed seven times. The first four times the ACC power were the #2 seed, they advanced to the Final Four, winning it all in 1991 and finishing runner-up in 1994.

The last two times the Blue Devils have been seeded #2, they have lost in the second round. In 1997, #10 seed Providence was an upset winner 98-87. Last season, #7 seed West Virginia beat Duke 73-67.

Duke 3-0 vs. Texas

The Blue Devils are 3-0 all-time against Texas, including three times this decade. The first meeting was in 2001, a 95-69 woodshed beating. The two met again in 2004 with the result being the same, 89-61 and 97-66 in 2006. All three games were played on neutral courts.

Today will be the first meeting in the NCAA Tournament between the two programs.

Duke the Best under Krzyzewski

The Blue Devils have been the top program in college basketball for the last two decades. During that time span, Duke has advanced to seven Final Four's, won three national titles and finished runner-up three times as well.

Mike Krzyzewski is in his 29th season at Duke. The Hall of Fame coach has a career record of 832-273, including 759-214 at Duke. Krzyzewski has a 70-21 record in the NCAA Tournament, including three national titles, 10 Final Fours, 11 Elite Eights and 17 Sweet 16 appearances.

The Final Four seasons for Duke under Coach Krzyzewski are 1985-86, 1987-88, 1988-89, 1989-90, 1990-91, 1991-92, 1993-94, 1998-99, 2000-01 and 2003-04.

Duke won the national championship in 1990-91, 1991-92 and 2000-01. The Blue Devils were runner-up in 1985-86, 1989-90, 1993-94 and 1998-99.

The Blue Devil Starters

G John Scheyer 6-4 Jr. (15.0 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.5 steals)

G Elliot Williams 6-3 Fr. (4.3 points and 2.3 rebounds)

G Gerald Henderson 6-4 Jr. (16.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.3 steals)

F Kyle Singler 6-8 So. (16.5 points, 7.7 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 steals)

F Lance Thomas 6-8 Jr. (5.4 points and 3.5 rebounds)

Key reserves include 6-2 sophomore Nolan Smith (8.4 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.7 assists), 6-1 senior Greg Paulus (5.1 points and 1.4 assists), 6-6 senior David McClure (2.0 points and 3.5 rebounds) and 7-1 junior Brian Zoubek (4.1 points and 3.7 rebounds).


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