2013 NCAA Tournament: No. 2 Duke Blue Devils Offense A No Show In Elite Eight

By Trevor Lowry
Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

The No. 2 Duke Blue Devils did not have their best game on the offensive side of the ball against the No. 1 Louisville Cardinals, which is a big reason why Duke went down in the Elite Eight.

Give Louisville’s defense credit because it has one of the best defenses in all of college basketball.

Duke only scored 63 points in the game, which matched their second lowest total in a game this season. The Blue Devils also scored 63 points against the Miami Hurricanes on Jan. 23 and 62 points against Boston College on Feb. 10.

On the season, Duke was averaging 78.3 points per game, so you could definitely say that the defense did not have its best game of the year. However, Mason Plumlee was able to lead the team with 17 points. Seth Curry only had 12, after dropping 29 in his last game.

Louisville just seemed to want it more, plus it helps when your team scored 85 points and shot 52.7 percent from the field.

The Blue Devils will look much different next season, with Plumlee, Curry and Ryan Kelly all being seniors this year. It is disappointing that they had to go out the way they did, but they had a great season regardless.

Coming into the game, many people probably thought that this was going to be one of the best games in the entire tourney, since these two teams already met earlier in the season and that matchup was only decided by six points, with the Blue Devils coming up on top.

That was clearly not the case in this one and Duke is now eliminated from the 2013 NCAA Tournament.


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