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Erin Summers

Duke focusing on future instead of past

Posted March 21, 2013
Updated March 22, 2013

Friday at 12:15 p.m. (WRAL-TV, 99.9 FM The Fan) Duke will face Albany in the second round of the NCAA tournament, but it won't be the first time that the two schools have met. 

During the 2006-07 season Duke played Albany and won. But Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski doesn't care about the past ,and he certainly doesn't care about the Blue Devils early exit last season either.

"If we keep looking back at our experiences then we'd really get overconfident, because we've won four National Championships and been to 11 Final Fours," joked Krzyzewski Thursday. "There is no need to go back to good or bad experiences because not all of these guys were involved in that."

The Blue Devils find themselves entering NCAA play on the heels of a loss to Maryland in the ACC Tournament last week. They are also a No. 2 seed, the same seed they held in 2012. Unlike last year where Duke fell to No. 15 Lehigh, the squad is looking forward to a win.

"Our motivation isn't a loss from last week, it's the opportunity that this team has to do something special," said Duke forward Mason Plumlee. "I feel no pressure."

With everyone on the team finally healthy and with plenty of rest, Duke focuses on what lies ahead instead of what has already been done.

And though the Devils are quick to dismiss the early 2012 exit and their doozy of a game in the ACC Tournament a week ago, the Albany players can't help but think it puts the Great Danes at a disadvantage.

"I'm sure a lot of people in the country are thinking because of what happened last year, because of what happened in the ACC Tournament, maybe they're not the same Duke, but we think they are the same Duke," said Albany guard Jacob Iati. "I think they'll play with more of chip on their shoulder than if they had won the ACC Tournament to be honest. I think all of those things play at our disadvantage. I wish they would have won the ACC Tournament and the NCAA tournament last year."

Albany relies a lot on their guard play and if Duke can keep them in check up top, they'll easily dismantle the Great Danes. The focus will be on senior guards Mike Black and Iati. Iati boasts a deadly 45.6 percent success rate from behind the arc, while Black leads the American East conference in points and assists. 

But the Blue Devils average a significantly higher point total per game than the Great Danes and shouldn't have much of a test in the first round of play. It will be a good game for Duke to get under the belt before they face the winner of Cincinnati and Creighton on Sunday.

But of course, no one is looking that far ahead yet either.

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  • trueblue0100 Mar 22, 12:32 p.m.

    Shoot, Duke better go far in the tournament. I had the Blue Devils winning it all.
    http://theklow... View More

    — Posted by sburks1906

    Didn't anyone ever tell you to just say no to drugs?

  • trueblue0100 Mar 22, 12:30 p.m.

    Then why has he been repetitively showing the replay of Laettner's shot against Kentucky from... View More

    — Posted by kornfan2448

    He shows it so that they know how far they can go after stomping an opposing player in the head. Remember Henderson and the elbow? This also part of the grate (sp.) dook tradition. If you can't beat them fairly, try to injure them.

  • trueblue0100 Mar 22, 12:26 p.m.

    Then why has he been repetitively showing the replay of Laettner's shot against Kentucky from... View More

    — Posted by kornfan2448

    I'm glad you brought that up. That jurk should have been ejected and suspended for the remainder of his career for stomping on the Kentucky player's head. He shouldn't have even been on the floor to make that shot. But that's dook at its finest.

  • trueblue0100 Mar 22, 12:21 p.m.

    Why must UNC fans always bring up Lehigh? Yes, it was a major upset that happens in this... View More

    — Posted by RaleighNCGuy

    Well, we can mention it because it happened and we can talk about what we please. If you want to talk about Weber St, you can, because that happen too. It's just that Lehigh was record breaking while Weber St. wasn't. You are right about one thing, it is history and hope that history repeats itself. I also think that reminding the dookies of it may impact how they perform. They may try to do TOO much to keep it from happening again and falter as usual. You do realize that their history also includes poor performances in 7 0f the last 8 years and we love it. i personally would never pull for dook under any circumstances and always wish them the worst. I hope that I have answered this question to your satisfaction...if not, I'm so sorry and the subject will come up again!

  • The Beast On The Hill Mar 22, 10:48 a.m.

    Go Albany!

  • cal008 Mar 22, 10:35 a.m.

    For some reason Duke and a #2 seed haven't served them well over the last number of times. They did well as a #2 seed in the late 80s and early 90s but lately it seems to have become trouble. Should be interesting.

    2012 lost #15 Lehigh 1st round
    2009 lost #3 Villanova in S16
    2008 lost #7 WVA (beat #15 Belmont by 1pt opening round) in 2nd round
    1997 lost #10 Providence 2nd round

  • RaleighNCGuy Mar 22, 10:30 a.m.

    Why must UNC fans always bring up Lehigh? Yes, it was a major upset that happens in this tournament. Especially vulnerable is a team that is consistently a top seed. Statistically, Duke would have the highest probability of this happening to them simply for the fact that every year, because of Duke's high seed, they have a chance of being knocked off by a low seed. It was bound to happen eventually. But UNC fans dwelling on this loss from last year would be like me bringing up the UNC loss to Weber St. in the first round, its history. Let’s focus on this year’s team.

  • Kenan-FlaglerAlumni Mar 22, 10:29 a.m.

    Hanging another banner in Cameron this year!!! 2013 NCAA Champs!

    — Posted by randdjacobs

    you must be (Le)high!

  • kornfan2448 Mar 22, 9:39 a.m.

    Then why has he been repetitively showing the replay of Laettner's shot against Kentucky from back in '92 to his players?

  • sburks1906 Mar 22, 9:29 a.m.

    Shoot, Duke better go far in the tournament. I had the Blue Devils winning it all.
    http://theklowntimes.net/2013/03/19/my-2013-ncaa-tournament-bracket-read-it-and-weep/

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