Albany vs. Duke: Full Game Preview
|Albany||M Black 14.9||S Rowley 6.3||P Hooley 3.0|
|Duke||M Plumlee 17.2||M Plumlee 10.2||Q Cook 5.2|
No. 2-seeded Duke meets 15th-seeded Albany in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at Wells Fargo Center on Friday. The game tips off at 12:15 p.m. ET and you can catch it on CBS. The Blue Devils have not played the Great Danes since the 2007-08 season, when they won 111-70.
The Blue Devils fell 83-74 to Maryland on Mar. 15. Mason Plumlee finished with 19 points and seven rebounds in the loss. He contributes a team-leading 17.2 points per game, 10.2 rebounds per game, and 1.5 blocks per game. In a 53-49 victory over Vermont on Mar. 16, Luke Devlin put up 12 points and five rebounds for the Great Danes. He contributes 2.3 rebounds per game in addition to his 3.2 points per game.
Duke has an advantage over Albany in one key statistical category, scoring, where the Blue Devils appear to have the edge over the Great Danes, 78.3 points per game to 64.4 points per game. A key area of strength for Albany is defensive rebounding percentage at 71.7, which ranks second in their conference (and 50th nationally).
- Duke is ranked higher than Albany in their conference (No. 2 vs. No. 5).
- The Duke rebounding leader (Mason Plumlee, 319 rebounds) has more rebounds than the Albany rebounding leader (Sam Rowley, 213 rebounds).
- Obviously, AP Voters agree that Duke is superior to Albany (Latest AP Poll: No. 2 vs. Not Ranked).
- Duke has a much lower admission rate (more selective) according to Kiplinger (19 percent vs. 47 percent).
- Duke has more NCAA Tournament appearances over the last 10 years than Albany (10 vs. two).
- Since 1998, Duke has recruited more Top 10 high school players than Albany (11 vs. zero).
- Duke players are more experienced than Albany players (18,539 minutes played vs. 15,849 minutes played).
- Diaper Dandies love Duke. Duke has recruited more McDonald's All-Americans out of high school than Albany (54 vs. 0).
- Duke has more wins over the last 5 years than Albany (179 vs. 95).
- Even computers respect Duke more. Duke has a better RPI this season than Albany (RPI: No. 1 vs. No. 148).
- Duke has a much higher 4-year graduation rate than Albany according to Kiplinger (88 percent vs. 53 percent).