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. 7-seeded Creighton takes on No. 2-seeded Duke in the third round of the NCAA Tournament at Wells Fargo Center on Sunday. It starts at 9:40 p.m. ET and you can catch it on TBS.

In their last outing, behind 27 points and 11 rebounds from Doug McDermott, the Bluejays defeated Cincinnati 67-63 on Mar. 22. A crucial part of the team, he leads the way with 23.2 points per game and 7.6 rebounds per game. For the Blue Devils, Seth Curry finished with 26 points and six rebounds in the 73-61 win over Albany on Mar. 22. He is averaging 17.3 points and 2.5 rebounds per game. Duke will hope to exploit their strengths, which include: turnover percentage at 15.7 and effective field goal percentage at 54.6.

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  • The Missouri Valley had fewer blowout games in conference (meaning there is greater parity within the conference) than in the ACC.
  • The Missouri Valley has 3 teams - Northern Iowa (76.5 percent), Creighton (75.0 percent), and Evansville (73.7 percent) - that shoot a better free throw percentage than the ACC leader, Florida State (73.1 percent).
  • The Creighton basketball team finishes what they start, with a better graduation rate than Duke (100 percent vs. 83 percent).
  • The top-ranking players between the two conferences for points, field goals made, steals, and blocks are in the Missouri Valley.
  • The Missouri Valley has 2 teams - Evansville (1.4) and Creighton (1.4) - that have a better assist-to-turnover ratio than the ACC leader, North Carolina (1.38).
  • The Creighton scoring leader (Doug McDermott, 786 points) has more points than the Duke scoring leader (Mason Plumlee, 532 points).
  • Grant Gibbs is ranked 12th nationally in assists.
  • Creighton is ranked higher than Duke in their conference (No. 1 vs. No. 2).
  • Duke has been ducking Creighton for over 30 years.
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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