Creighton vs. Duke: Full Game Preview

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Creighton vs. Duke: Full Game Preview
(22) Creighton
(28-7, 9-5 away)
(6) Duke
(28-5, 21-1 home)
Venue: Wells Fargo Center
9:40PM ET / 6:40PM PT, March 24, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Creighton D McDermott 23.2 D McDermott 7.6 G Gibbs 5.9
Duke M Plumlee 17.4 M Plumlee 10.1 Q Cook 5.4

No. 2-seeded Duke matches up against No. 7-seeded Creighton in the third round of the NCAA Tournament at Wells Fargo Center on Sunday. The game gets underway at 9:40 p.m. ET and you can see it on TBS.

In a 73-61 win over Albany on Mar. 22, Seth Curry put up 26 points and six rebounds for the Blue Devils. He tallies 17.3 points per game and also adds 2.5 rebounds per game. For the Bluejays, Doug McDermott finished with 27 points and 11 rebounds in the 67-63 win over Cincinnati on Mar. 22. He leads the team in points with 23.2 per game and rebounds with 7.6 per game. A key area of strength for Creighton is effective field goal percentage at 59.0, which ranks first in their conference (and first nationally).

Creighton StatSmack

  • The Duke three-point leader (Seth Curry, 81 three-pointers) has more three-pointers than the Creighton three-point leader (Ethan Wragge, 74 three-pointers).
  • The Duke rebounding leader (Mason Plumlee, 319 rebounds) has more rebounds than the Creighton rebounding leader (Doug McDermott, 256 rebounds).
  • Diaper Dandies love Duke. Duke has recruited more McDonald's All-Americans out of high school than Creighton (54 vs. 1).
  • Even computers respect Duke more. Duke has a better RPI this season than Creighton (RPI: No. 1 vs. No. 25).
  • Duke has more NCAA Tournament wins over the last 10 years than Creighton (21 vs. one).
  • AP voters think more highly of Duke and ranked them in the AP Top 25 more often over the past 10 years than Creighton (207 vs. 57).
  • Seth Curry is ranked 43rd nationally in three-pointers.
  • Duke has more wins over the last 5 years than Creighton (179 vs. 146).
  • Duke has a stronger schedule than Creighton this season (SOS Rank: No. 1 vs. No. 85).
CREI Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A Doug McDermott 32 23 8 2 0 0 2
B Grant Gibbs 31 9 4 6 1 0 2
B G. Echenique 22 10 7 0 1 2 1
B- Austin Chatman 32 8 3 4 1 0 2
C+ Josh Jones 20 7 2 1 1 0 1
C+ Jahenns Manigat 27 6 2 2 1 0 1
C Ethan Wragge 17 8 3 0 0 0 0
C Will Artino 8 4 2 0 0 0 0
C- Avery Dingman 14 4 2 1 0 0 1
D+ Nevin Johnson 7 2 1 0 0 0 0
D+ M. Oginni 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
D+ Andre Yates 5 1 1 1 0 0 1
D+ Joe Kelling 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
D+ Geoff Groselle 3 1 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Alex Olsen 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
D T. Stormberg 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
DUKE Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A+ Mason Plumlee 35 17 10 2 1 2 3
A Ryan Kelly 29 15 6 2 1 2 1
A- Seth Curry 31 17 2 2 1 0 1
A- Quinn Cook 34 12 4 5 2 0 2
B+ R. Sulaimon 29 12 3 2 1 0 1
C+ Tyler Thornton 22 3 2 2 1 0 1
C+ Amile Jefferson 13 4 3 0 0 1 0
C Josh Hairston 13 3 2 0 0 0 1
C- Alex Murphy 7 2 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Todd Zafirovski 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
D+ M. Plumlee 3 0 1 0 0 0 0
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