Seth Curry and Mason Plumlee played this game like it was their last. Their no-nonsense attitude gave rise to an easy victory for the Duke Blue Devils. Duke beat the Albany Great Danes, 73-61. Curry led the way with 26 points and six rebounds, while Plumlee added 23 points and eight rebounds. These two players combined for 49 points, while making 19 out of 25 field goals. Although Ryan Kelly scored only eight points, he was Duke’s defensive presence in the low post due to blocking three shots and grabbing six rebounds.
Albany was led by Jacob Iati (15 points, six rebounds and six assists) and Peter Hooley (13 points, eight rebounds and five assists). Sam Rowley and Mike Black added 10 points apiece. Although Albany had several players in double figures, they only connected on 19 of their 52 field goals (36.5% field goal percentage).
Literally, Albany shot themselves out of this game. In contrast, Duke’s shooting won the game for them. They made 27 of their 46 field goal attempts (58.7% field goal percentage), despite their uncharacteristic performance from the arc. Duke only made four of their 11 three-point field goals (36.4% three-point percentage) while Albany made nine of their 15 three-point field goals (60% three-point percentage).
Duke will face the winner between the No. 7 Creighton Bluejays and the No. 10 Cincinnati Bearcats in the Midwest region. Against Albany, Duke proved that they can win games without making a great deal of three-point field goals. However, they must get better production from their role players, Rasheed Sulaimon, Tyler Thornton and Quinn Cook. Both Creighton and Cincinnati pose scoring threats who could give Duke problems. Creighton leads the NCAA in field goal percentage (50.4%) and they are ranked 24th overall in the NCAA in scoring (75.4 points per game).