Duke vs. Louisville: Full Game Preview
|Duke||S Curry 17.6||M Plumlee 9.9||Q Cook 5.3|
|Louisville||R Smith 18.8||G Dieng 9.5||P Siva 5.8|
No. 1-seeded Louisville matches up against No. 2-seeded Duke in the elite eight of the NCAA Tournament at Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday. The game tips off at 5:05 p.m. ET and you can catch it on CBS. The Cardinals lost to the Blue Devils 76-71 on Nov. 24.
The 31 points by Russ Smith helped the Cardinals to a 77-69 victory over Oregon on Mar. 29. He leads the team with 18.8 points per game. In a 71-61 victory over Michigan State on Mar. 29, Seth Curry put up 29 points for the Blue Devils. His 17.6 points per game is the highest mark on the team. From a tempo-free perspective, Duke is strong in the following categories: turnover percentage at 15.5 and effective field goal percentage at 54.2.
- The Big East has had 21 more NCAA Tournament teams than the ACC over the past 10 years.
- Louisville attacks the glass, with more rebounds (37.6 per game vs. 34.0 per game) than Duke this season.
- The top-ranking players between the two conferences for assists, steals, and blocks are in the Big East.
- The Louisville scoring leader (Russ Smith, 584 points) has more points than the Duke scoring leader (Mason Plumlee, 532 points).
- The Big East has 2 teams - Notre Dame (1.57) and Pittsburgh (1.52) - that have a better assist-to-turnover ratio than the ACC leader, North Carolina (1.38).
- The Big East had more close games in conference (so the games are more exciting to watch) than in the ACC.
- Louisville is bigger. The average weight of the top 8 players on Louisville is 210 lbs compared to 204 lbs for Duke.
- The Louisville steals leader (Russ Smith, 66 steals) has more steals than the Duke steals leader (Quinn Cook, 47 steals).
- The Big East has 2 teams - Louisville (10.7) and Syracuse (9.1) - that create more steals per game than the ACC leader, North Carolina (8.3).
- Last year the Big East had a better conference RPI than the ACC (No. 2 vs. No. 6).
- Louisville has a better scoring defense (57.9 allowed per game vs. 66.6 allowed per game) than Duke this season.
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