|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.
- 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.