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Duke Advances To Sweet 16 With 90-62 Win Over Seton Hall

Posted Saturday, March 20, 2004

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Top-seeded and No. 6 Duke (29-5) will face wait for Sunday's game between fourth-seeded Cincinnati and fifth-seeded Illinois to see who it will play in the Sweet 16 in Atlanta. The game in Atlanta will take place March 26. Duke leads the all time series with Cincinnati 2-1 and with Illinois 3-2. The teams have never faced each other after the new year in a given season.

Duke has now won six of its seven NCAA Tournament games in Raleigh and five of its seven games in the RBC Center.

With its 90-62 victory over Seton Hall Saturday night, sixth-ranked Duke improved to 29-5 this season and 79-24 in NCAA Tournament play. Duke advanced to its 21st Sweet 16 and seventh consecutive Sweet 16 Saturday.

Including last season's 86-60 win over Central Michigan in the second round, Duke has outscored its second round opponents by an average of 88-61, or 27 points per game.

With its 96-61 win over Alabama State and 90-62 win over Seton Hall, Duke has outscored its opponents 186-123 or by a combined 63 points. That mark is the highest since the 1999 team had a pair of 41 point blowouts en route to the National Title game. Duke defeated Florida A&M 99-58 on March 12, 1999, and Tulsa 97-56 on March 14, 1999.

As a number one seed in the NCAA Tournament, Duke is now 31-5 all-time.

Under Mike Krzyzewski, Duke is now 62-16 (.795) in NCAA Tournament games. Coach K's .795 NCAA Tournament winning percentage ranks first among active coaches. Krzyzewski's 62 wins are second-most in NCAA history behind only Dean Smith's 65. Since 1985, Coach K's 62 NCAA Tournament wins are 26 ahead of the next-closest active coaches (North Carolina's Roy Williams has 36 NCAA wins).
The Blue Devils' 79 NCAA Tournament victories rank fourth all-time behind only Kentucky, North Carolina and UCLA. Duke's .767 NCAA Tournament winning percentage is the highest in college basketball history. Duke's 103 NCAA Tournament games also rank fourth all-time (tied with Kansas, which plays tomorrow).

With its win on Saturday, Duke picked up its 121st victory the past four seasons, an average 30.3 per year.

Duke now owns a 110-42 record during the month of March under Mike Krzyzewski. That translates into a .724 winning percentage. The Blue Devils have won 28 of their last 33 games during the month of March dating back to the 2001 season.

Duke improved its record vs. 2004 NCAA Tournament teams to 16-4 (.800) with its 90-62 win over Seton Hall Saturday. Duke's 16 wins vs. NCAA teams are the most by any program in the nation this season.

Under Mike Krzyzewski, Duke is now 14-4 in NCAA first round contests.

Senior Chris Duhon, who played with a bruised right rib suffered in the ACC Tournament championship game last Sunday, registered one steal vs. Seton Hall on Thursday. He now has 36 steals in the NCAA Tournament, which is tied for the third-highest mark in NCAA history behind only Duke's Grant Hill (39), Kentucky's Wayne Turner (38), and Duke's Tommy Amaker (36).

Duhon Thursday became just the third player in ACC history to play in 120 victories in his career. He now has 121 and needs one more to tie Duke's Christian Laettner for second place. Duke's Shane Battier is the ACC's all-time leader with 131.

Junior Daniel Ewing had 11 points vs. Seton Hall Saturday. Ewing has now reached double figures in scoring in his last nine games. He's averaged 16.0 points per game during that span.

Sophomore Shelden Williams has averaged 17.4 points and 11.6 rebounds this post season (five games). He is 26-of-40 (.650) from the field and 35-of-44 (.795) from the foul line during that span.
Sophomore J.J. Redick picked up where he left off in the second half against Alabama State. He was perfect in the first half, 4-of-4 from the field, 1-of-1 from three and 5-of-5 from the line, for 17 points. He finished with a game-high 21 points, the 12th time he's led the team in scoring and also his 12th 20-point performance of the year.

Duke's +18 rebound margin is the largest of the season (40-22).

Duke registered 14 steals vs. Alabama State, marking the 14th time this season it has recorded 10 or more steals in a game.

Following a 16-of-31 free throw shooting game vs. Maryland in the 2004 ACC Championship game, Duke responded by hitting 23-of-31 from the charity stripe (.742) vs. Alabama State in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. Duke has shot more free throws than 73 of its last 100 opponents (72-1 record in such games).

Duke has had a different leading scorer in each of its past four games, five in its past six games and six in its past 10 games. Duke has had at least one 20 points scorer in each of its last 23 games - by six different players, including Redick's 21 points and Deng's 20 points today. Saturday marked the third time in that span that two players recorded 20-plus points.

Duke has now made at least one three-point field goal in 514 consecutive games, the sixth-longest streak in the nation.

Duke improved to 343-55 vs. non-ACC competition under Coach K with the win on Saturday. In neutral settings, the Blue Devils are 116-33 vs. non-league foes under Coach K.

With its 28-point win Saturday, Duke has now won 119 of its last 145 (.820) games outside of Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Freshman Luol Deng recorded his eighth 20-point performance of the season with 20 against Seton Hall.
Sophomore Shelden Williams recorded his 11th double-double of the season and ACC-leading 17th of his career.

 
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