Duke Basketball: Complete Duke vs. Creighton Preview and Analysis
Two powerful offenses will face off when the No. 2 seed Duke Blue Devils (28-5, 14-4 ACC) go up against the No. 7 seed Creighton Bluejays (28-7, 13-5 MVC) in the third round of the 2013 NCAA tournament on Sunday at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA.
Duke has five players averaging double-digits in scoring. Mason Plumlee leads the Blue Devils with 17.2 points per game, while Seth Curry averages 17. Ryan Kelly, Quinn Cook and Rasheed Sulaimon average 14.3, 12.4 and 11.5 points, respectively.
Doug McDermott leads the Bluejays in scoring with 23.1 points per game. He is ranked second in that category in Division I basketball this year.
McDermott is the only player averaging in double-digits for Creighton.
Creighton is the most accurate shooting team in Division I basketball this year. The Bluejays are ranked first in field-goal percentage at 50.8 percent shooting, first in three-point field-goal percentage (42.1 percent), sixth in three-point field goals per game (8.8), 21st in free-throw percentage (75 percent) and 24th in scoring offense (75.4 points per game).
Duke is one of the best offensive teams in college basketball. The Blue Devils are ranked sixth in scoring offense, scoring 78.3 points per game, 17th in field-goal percentage (shooting 47.6 percent), fourth in three-point field-goal percentage (shooting 40.6 percent), and 42nd in three-point field goals per game (making 7.8 threes per game).
Duke defeated the No. 15 seed Albany Great Danes (24-11, 9-7 Am. East) 73-61 on Friday in the second round of the tournament. Curry led the Blue Devils with 26 points, while Plumlee scored 23. Duke shot 58.7 percent from the field, 36.4 percent (4-of-11) from three-point range and went 15-of-21 (71.4 percent) from the free-throw line.
Creighton took down the No. 10 seed Cincinnati Bearcats (22-11, 9-9 Big East) 67-63 on Friday in the second round of the tournament. McDermott led Creighton in scoring with 27 points, while Gregory Echenique had 13 and Ethan Wragge pitched in 12. Creighton shot 45.2 percent from the field, was 7-of-15 (46.7 percent) from beyond the arc and 22-of-25 from the free-throw line.
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