MARCH 13, 15/LEXINGTON
Coach Mike Krzyzewski
Team scoring 85.6 (FG%: 47.2) (3-pointers: 244-663, 36.8%)
Opponents' scoring 63.1 (FG%: 41.1)
Rebound margin +2.7
Team FT% 67.6
Whom not to foul Trajan Langdon (90%), Steve Wojciechowski (77%)
Whom to foul Mike Chappell (60%), Elton Brand (60%)
Quality wins Arizona 95-87, UCLA 120-84; N. Carolina 77-75
Player to Watch
This time last year Alaskan native Langdon was ice cold. He had made 14 of 42 (33%) from three-point range over Duke's last six pre-NCAA tournament games, three of them losses, and then went 4 for 13 as the Blue Devils were upset 98-87 by Providence in the second round. But on this year's deeper Duke team, Langdon played fewer minutes and finished stronger—he made 17 of 40 (42.5%) treys in his last six games.
The Blue Devils led the nation in margin of victory (25.4) in the regular season but rely so much on three-pointers that big leads can sometimes vanish. Duke blew a 16-point bulge in a loss to Michigan and a 24-point advantage in a close call over Clemson. The Blue Devils also had trouble with post defense. Freshman forward Brand, an inside force at both ends, may help cure both ills.
Duke, which hasn't reached the Sweet 16 since Grant Hill left in 1994, should get to the regional final for a rematch of the '92 epic against Kentucky. It says here mat Duke wins again.
Coach Ron Bradley
Team scoring 76.1 (FG%: 47.4) (3-pointers: 235-617, 38.1%)
Opponents' scoring 71.1 (FG%: 43.8)
Rebound margin +0.5
Team FT% 69.0
Whom not to foul Corey Reed (82%), Rian Everett (75%)
Whom to foul John Belt (43%), Eric Parker (60%)
Quality wins None
Player to Watch
Reed, a senior guard, may be a top-notch chemistry student with a 3.9 grade point average—darn those B-plusses!—but there is little that is textbook about his shot, which he launches, with perfect rotation, from around his Adam's apple. Bizarre as they might look, Reed's missiles very often find their target: Pie makes 3.2 threes a game (at a 41% clip), which ranked 13th in the nation.