Duke vs. Louisville: Full Game Preview

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Duke vs. Louisville: Full Game Preview
(6) Duke
(30-5, 5-4 away)
(2) Louisville
(32-5, 15-1 home)
Venue: Lucas Oil Stadium
5:05PM ET / 2:05PM PT, March 31, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
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.

Duke StatSmack

  • 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.
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
Lville Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A Gorgui Dieng 32 10 10 2 1 3 2
A Russ Smith 30 18 4 3 2 0 3
B Peyton Siva 31 10 2 6 2 0 3
B Chane Behanan 27 10 7 1 2 0 2
C+ Luke Hancock 22 7 3 1 1 0 1
C+ W. Blackshear 21 8 3 1 1 0 1
C+ M. Harrell 17 5 4 0 1 1 1
C Kevin Ware 17 4 2 1 1 0 1
C S. Van Treese 11 2 3 0 0 0 0
D+ Zach Price 8 1 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Tim Henderson 4 1 0 0 0 0 0
D+ Michael Baffour 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
D Logan Baumann 3 1 1 0 0 0 0
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