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Duke Dominates Alabama State In NCAA Tournament First Round

Posted Thursday, March 18, 2004

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Top-seeded and No. 6 Duke (28-5) will face eighth-seeded Seton Hall (21-9) in the second round of the 2004 NCAA Tournament. The Blue Devils and Pirates are familiar with one another in NCAA Tournament action, having faced one another twice previously in the tournament. In 1989, Seton Hall eliminated Duke, 95-78, in the Final Four in Seattle. Duke defeated Seton Hall, 81-69, in the East Regional semifinal en route to its second consecutive national championship in 1992.

With its 96-61 win over Alabama State on Thursday, Duke has now advanced in eight consecutive NCAA Tournaments.

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

With its 96-61 victory over Alabama State Thursday night, sixth-ranked Duke improved to 28-5 this season and 78-24 in NCAA Tournament play. The Blue Devils will face eighth-seeded Seton Hall on Saturday at 1:10 PM. Duke will be looking to advance to its 21st Sweet 16 and seventh in succession on Saturday.

Duke's average margin of victory in NCAA opening round games since 1998 is +34.1, including its 35-point win over Alabama State on Thursday.

As a number one seed in the NCAA Tournament, Duke is now 30-5 all-time.

Under Mike Krzyzewski, Duke is now 61-16 (.792) in NCAA Tournament games. Coach K's .792 NCAA Tournament winning percentage ranks first among active coaches. Krzyzewski's 61 wins are second-most in NCAA history behind only Dean Smith's 65. Since 1985, Coach K's 61 NCAA Tournament wins are 26 ahead of the next-closest active coaches (North Carolina's Roy Williams and Arizona's Lute Olson each have 35 NCAA wins).

The Blue Devils' 78 NCAA Tournament victories rank fourth all-time behind only Kentucky, North Carolina and UCLA. Duke's .765 NCAA Tournament winning percentage is the highest in college basketball history. Duke's 102 NCAA Tournament games also rank fourth all-time (tied with Kansas, which plays tomorrow).

With its win on Thursday, Duke picked up its 120th victory the past four seasons, an average 30 per year.

Duke now owns a 109-42 record during the month of March under Mike Krzyzewski. That translates into a .722 winning percentage. The Blue Devils have won 27 of their last 32 games during the month of March dating back to the 2001 season.

Duke improved its record vs. 2004 NCAA Tournament teams to 15-4 (.789) with its 96-61 win vs. Alabama State Thursday. Duke's 15 wins vs. NCAA teams are the most by any program in the nation this season.

Under Mike Krzyzewski, Duke is now 18-1 in NCAA first round contests. Duke received a bye in 1984.
Senior Chris Duhon, who played with a bruised right rib suffered in the ACC Tournament championship game last Sunday, registered two steals vs. Alabama State on Thursday. He now has 35 steals in the NCAA Tournament, which is the third-highest in NCAA history behind only Duke's Grant Hill (39) and Kentucky's Wayne Turner (38).

Duhon also became just the third player in ACC history to reach 120 victories in his career. He trails only Duke's Shane Battier (131) and Christian Laettner (122) among the league's all-time leaders in that category.

In his first NCAA Tournament action, sophomore Shavlik Randolph scored a season-best 20 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the floor and 8-of-12 from the foul line vs. Alabama State on Thursday. It was Randolph's third career 20-point game. He missed the 2003 NCAA Tournament with an injury. Ronnie Shavlik, Randolph's namesake and grandfather, has his no. 84 retired in the RBC Center. He was an All-America at N.C. State.

Junior Daniel Ewing had 19 points vs. Alabama State Thursday. Ewing has now reached double figures in scoring in his last eight games. He's averaged 16.6 points per game during that span.

Sophomore Shelden Williams has averaged 18.5 points and 11.8 rebounds the past four games. He is 23-of-31 (.742) from the field and 28-of-36 (.778) from the foul line during that span.

Sophomore J.J. Redick broke out of a shooting slump with a 14-point second half on 5-of-9 shooting (4-of-8 from three-point range) vs. Alabama State on Thursday. He was 0-for-4 from the field and scoreless in the opening half on Thursday.

Sophomore Lee Melchionni scored six points in 16 minutes on Thursday. The 16 minutes played matched his season high.

Duke's +15 rebound margin vs. Alabama State was its highest since a +15 margin at Maryland on Jan. 21.

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).

Led by Shavlik Randolph's 20 points, Duke had five double-digit scorers vs. Alabama State, marking the seventh time this season that has occured.

Duke has had five different leading scorers in its past six games and has had at least one 20-point scorer in each of its last 22 games - by six different players, including Randolph's 20-point outing Thursday.

Duke has now made at least one three-point field goal in 513 consecutive games, the sixth-longest streak in the nation.

Duke held Alabama State to a .386 field goal percentage on Thursday. In 798 games with Mike Krzyzewski as its head coach, Duke has limited opponents to .500 or less from the floor 584 times (521-63 record). Duke also improved to 229-5 under Coach K when holding foes to .400 or less from the field. Thirteen of Duke's last 28 opponents have shot .400 or less from the field this season.

Duke improved to 342-55 vs. non-ACC competition under Coach K with the win on Thursday. In neutral settings, the Blue Devils are 115-33 vs. non-league foes under Coach K.

With its 35-point win Thursday, Duke has now won 118 of its last 144 games outside of Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Including its four-blocked shots performance vs. Alabama State, Duke has blocked at least four shots in 36 of its last 38 games.

Duke's 96 points vs. Alabama State were its third-most of the season. The Blue Devils scored a season-best 99 points vs. Fairfield on Jan. 6 and 97 vs. Valparaiso on Feb. 26. Both of those games were played in Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Seton Hall's Andre Sweet originally played his college basketball at Duke. He appeared in seven games during the 2000-01 season as a Blue Devil, averaging 4.1 points and 2.6 rebounds. He transferred to Seton Hall following that season.

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