Big second half sends Louisville over Duke, 85-63
Posted March 31, 2013
Indianapolis — FINAL: Louisville 85, Duke 63: Duke could not hit a field goal for ten minutes of play in the second half and Louisville took advantage.
2:37 second half: Louisville 73, Duke 59: Tyler Thornton fouls out after fouling Luke Hancock as he's attempting a three-pointer. The Blue Devils went flat in the second half of play and have not been able to come back from it.
7:27 second half: Louisville 64, Duke 48: Duke has hit one field goal in the past eight minutes of play and continue to struggle against the Cards in the paint.
11:00 second half: Louisville 55, Duke 44: A 13-2 run gives Louisville an 11-point lead in the second half as Duke cannot stop the Cardinals underneath.
16:16 second half: Louisville 42, Duke 42: Seth Curry grabs his first points of the game on a three-point basket to open second half scoring for the Blue Devils. Curry now has eight points, all in the second half.
Halftime: Louisville 35, Duke 32: Louisville leads Duke by three at the break after dueling first half of play. There are a lot of halftime adjustments that need to be made for the Blue Devils if they are going to hang in this game. Seth Curry is still scoreless, Mason Plumlee remains the teams leading scorer with nine points. Russ Smith leads the Cards with 12.
3:45 first half: Duke 26, Louisville 23: Duke takes their third and largest lead of the game just before the under-four minute timeout. Mason Plumlee leads the Blue Devils with nine points. Louisville has the edge under the basket with 18 points in the paint.
6:33 first half: Louisville 21, Duke 20: Play has been stopped as Louisville's Kevin Ware is down with an injury that looks to be like a broken leg. Several Louisville players in agony over seeing the injury.
7:41 first half: Louisville 19, Duke 17: Ryan Kelly picked up his third foul shortly after re-entering the game. Both teams are struggling to hold onto the basketball. Duke's Seth Curry has yet to take a shot as the Blue Devils trail by 2.
12:10 first half: Louisville 13, Duke 11: Ryan Kelly heads to the bench after getting his second foul of the game. Baskets are coming easier for the Cards but somehow the Blue Devils are staying within reach.
15:05 first half: Louisville 9, Duke 7: Louisville got on the board in a hurry and established their game underneath while Duke struggled to keep up. It took the Blue Devils a few minutes but they are beginning to get their barrings. A Ryan Kelly three-pointer tied up the game at 7 before Russ Smith put the Cardinals back ahead with a jumper.
Two iconic coaches meet in the Elite Eight Sunday afternoon as Mike Krzyzewski's Duke Blue Devils take on Rick Pitino's Louisville Cardinals in the Midwest Regional final at Lucas Oil Stadium.
The winner advances to the Final Four next Saturday in Atlanta to take on Wichita State.
Pitino has made six trips to the Final Four, and a seventh would tie him for fourth all-time with North Carolina's Roy Williams. Meanwhile, if Duke moves on, Krzyzewski would tie John Wooden's NCAA record with 12 Final Four appearances. 2014 NCAA men's interactive bracket
Duke did not win the ACC's regular season or tournament titles this year, but came into the NCAA tournament with a bit of a chip on its shoulder following last year's early exit. The second-seeded Blue Devils have certainly exorcised those demons with this year's run.
After posting comfortable wins over Albany (73-61) and Creighton (66-50), Coach K's squad made it three double-digit wins by outlasting Michigan State in the Sweet 16 on Friday night, 71-61. With the victory, Krzyzewski improves on his own Division I record with 82 NCAA tournament wins.
The victory over the Spartans also gave Duke its 13th 30-win season, all under Krzyzewski. Duke is now 7-1 in NCAA tournament games played in Indianapolis, including capturing national titles in both 1991 and 2010. The Blue Devils have advanced to the Final Four a total of 15 times, tied for third-most in NCAA history with Kentucky. Krzyzewski: Win will depend on fresh legs
By virtue of their superior season and winning the Big East Conference Tournament, the Cardinals were tabbed as the No. 1 overall seed in the 2013 NCAA tournament. Pitino's squad has certainly lived up to that billing, navigating the Midwest Regional field with easy victories over NC A&T (79-48) and Colorado State (82-56) last week, followed by a 77-69 victory over Oregon in Sweet 16 action on Friday night.
With the win, Pitino moved to 11-0 in regional semifinals and has Louisville on the cusp of its second straight Final Four appearance. Overall, the Cardinals have won 13 straight games. Louisville is making its 13th trip in the regional finals and at 32-5 overall, is just one win shy of matching the school record for wins in a season. The team has advanced to the Final Four eight times.
These two teams have already met once this season, with Duke coming out on top, 76-71, to capture the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament title back on Nov. 24 in the Bahamas. As a result, Duke's lead in the all-time series with Louisville stands at 5-3.
This matchup pits Krzyzewski against Pitino in a regional final for the second time. The first came in 1992 when Duke beat Pitino's Kentucky Wildcats on Christian Laettner's famous buzzer-beater.
Seth Curry was on fire, hitting six 3-pointers and finishing with a game-high 29 points, as Duke pulled away from Michigan State in the second half of Friday night's clash to advance to the Elite Eight. A strong defensive effort in the second half complemented Curry's accuracy from long range, as the Blue Devils held the Spartans to just seven field goals over the final 20 minutes.
Rasheed Sulaimon added 16 points for Duke, thanks to a 12-of-14 showing from the free-throw line, while Mason Plumlee finished with 14 points and seven rebounds. Duke did have some problems with Michigan State's strong defensive play as a whole, with the Blue Devils shooting just 40.8 percent from the floor, well below their season average.
Duke has been much more efficient in terms of shooting the basketball on the season, coming in averaging 77.6 ppg, shooting 47.5 percent from the floor, including a stellar 40.3 percent from behind the arc. The team has tremendous balance with the perimeter game of Curry (17.6 ppg, .437 from 3-point range) and the interior toughness of Plumlee (17.1 ppg, 9.9 rpg).
Scoring depth continues with perimeter players like Ryan Kelly (13.1 ppg. 43.6 percent from 3-point range), Sulaimon (11.8 ppg) and Quinn Cook (11.7 ppg, 5.3 apg).
Russ Smith was at it once again, as he tied his career-high with 31 points in leading Louisville to a victory over Oregon in the Sweet 16 on Friday evening. Smith was 9-of-16 from the floor and 12-of-14 from the free-throw line in the win. Kevin Ware came off the bench to tally 11 points, while Gorgui Dieng just missed a double-double in the middle, finishing with 10 points and nine rebounds.
As has been the case all tournament long, Louisville was once again efficient at the offensive end, shooting 53.8 percent from the floor. It was needed, as the team's vaunted defense was a little more forgiving in the game, allowing Oregon to shoot 44 percent, while forcing only 12 turnovers.
Smith (18.8 ppg) has been electric in terms of his offensive exploits this season. He has turned up his play in the postseason, averaging 27.0 ppg in the first three outings of this event. Dieng (10.0 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 74 blocks) is the perfect complement with his physical play in the paint.
Point guard Peyton Siva (9.7 ppg, 5.8 apg) was on the bench for a good portion of the first half against Oregon, but needs to stay on the floor going forward, as the team's top facilitator. Depth for the Cardinals comes in the form of Chane Behanan (9.7 ppg, 6.3 rpg) and Wayne Blackshear (7.9 ppg).