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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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  • randdjacobs Mar 21, 6:22 p.m.

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

  • GunnyGoesArrrgh Mar 21, 7:12 p.m.

    ^^^^^

    Don't think that will happen, but I can see where K doesn't want to dwell on being one and done in his last two tourneys. Duke will come out fast and determined and never look back.

  • Hokies94 Mar 21, 8:39 p.m.

    I see Duke shooting much better than the last game. Those 4-25 3's was really ugly. Duke will respond against the next two opponents. If they can rebound, they could win more than two. Kelly is a shooter. Miami won by taking it to him in the last game over Duke. Larkin beat the big guys with his driving lay-ups. Not one even close.

  • bradleyholt Mar 22, 6:30 a.m.

    We beat Miami the last game. Duke has a good team and its about match ups. As fans we can look ahead. I see next weekend as tough as any. Mich st then Lou. If they could get thru that I think they can beat whoever comes out of the west and be in the title game. I had two unc fans with all honesty say that Duke's bracket was by far the easiest. I hope so!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • arfamr1007 Mar 22, 8:25 a.m.

    We beat Miami the last game. Duke has a good team and its about match ups. As fans we can look... View More

    — Posted by bradleyholt

    Have you been on this planet lately? Dook has had the easiest bracket for about the past decade. If UNC were to make a run they'd have to beat Vill, Kansas, Michigan, Florida/Gtown, Indiana/Miami, and then whoever makes the final. Dook has Albany, creighton, mich st, st.louis/Lville, K st/OSU. Not easy but not really that difficult either.

  • randdjacobs Mar 22, 8:29 a.m.

    We beat Miami the last game. Duke has a good team and its about match ups. As fans we can look... View More

    — Posted by bradleyholt

    Have you been on this planet lately? Dook has had the easiest bracket for about the past... View More

    — Posted by arfamr1007

    All of the ESPN analysts I heard over the past week said the Midwest bracket was the toughest. I'll just go with that.

  • JohnnyVoodoo Mar 22, 8:29 a.m.

    Focusing on the future instead of the past... now that's something the carowhina tarholes should learn to do. First thing they do every single time after they get spanked is bring up their past history, tradition, and records from an era gone by. Yet, all that bs didn't help 'em this year after getting dominated by the Duke Blue Devils.

  • JohnnyVoodoo Mar 22, 8:41 a.m.

    Depending on which C.J. Leslie shows up to play, I can see the Pack making it to the championship game for sure. The mid-majors have already shown only a few points difference have sparred some of the big dogs from going home early and look for some big time upsets in the upcoming rounds. Louisville and Indiana are going down next and Gonzaga is living on borrowed time. The tarholes will have time to work on their homework and concentrate on their academic eligibility for next season after Villanova sends 'em home later this evening. Oh yeah, and keep an eye out for St.Louis... those guys are gonna rain on somebody's parade too.

  • ncmike Mar 22, 9:12 a.m.

    Superman has his kryptonite, Duke has its Lehigh...may history repeat itself Bwahhahhahh!

  • 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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