User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Soccer
Boxing/MMA
Horses
More
Betting Tools

 
Duke advances, but Albany covers

New Sportsbook.ag customers: Make your 1st bet, get your 2nd bet free, 100%, winnings paid in cash.
Join Now

Already have an account? Click here to view new Exclusive Rewards!

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Duke went inside and out to make sure there wasn't a repeat of last season.

Advertisement
The second-seeded Blue Devils had a great shooting effort from Seth Curry on the perimeter and Mason Plumlee inside in a 73-61 victory over Albany on Friday in the second round of the Midwest Regional.

It was in the same round - and with the same seeding - that Duke was shocked by Lehigh last year.

It may not have been a blowout against 15th-seeded Albany, but the Blue Devils (28-5) held a comfortable lead throughout and will play the winner of the game between seventh-seeded Creighton and No. 10 Cincinnati in the third round Sunday.

Curry scored 26 points on 10-of-14 shooting and Plumlee was 9 of 11 - including six dunks - for 23 points.

Quinn Cook had 11 assists - many on lob passes inside to Plumlee.

Duke shot 58.7 percent (27 of 46), just off its season-beat 60.8 percent against Florida State.

The Blue Devils, who lost 75-70 to 15th-seeded Lehigh in the second round last year, never really pulled away from the Great Danes (24-11), who got as close as eight points with 4:40 to play.

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski extended his all-time lead with his 80th career victory in the tournament that he has won four times.

Jacob Iati had 15 points for Albany, which was making its third NCAA appearance, all since 2006 and all losses.

Peter Hooley had 13 points and Sam Rowley and Mike Black added 10 each for Albany, which also lost its first NCAA game in this building. The Great Danes fell to top-seeded Connecticut after leading by 12 points in the second half.

Ryan Kelly had eight points for Duke, and the Blue Devils are 19-1 with the 6-foot-11 forward in the lineup this season. He missed 13 games with a right foot injury.

This was the fourth time in five games in March that Duke shot better than 50 percent from the field; the only one below that mark was a 41.5 percent effort in the loss to Maryland in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament quarterfinals.

Duke had a great start to both halves, and that was enough to hold off Albany, which knew it was in for a tough night because of last year's loss. As Albany coach Will Brown said Thursday, ``Lehigh didn't do us any favors.''

A dunk by Plumlee on yet another assist by Cook and two free throws by Curry gave the Blue Devils their biggest lead of the game, 54-38 with 12:17 to play.

The crowd at the Wells Fargo Center started the murmur that usually accompanies a blowout, but the Great Danes - the champions of the America East Conference - didn't pick up on that.

A 3-pointer by Hooley brought them within 62-52 with 6:11 to go. Two free throws by Iati made it 64-56 with 4:40 left.

That was as close as the Great Danes would get as Curry scored on a drive when he picked up a loose ball and then hit a baseline jumper to give the Blue Devils a 68-56 lead with 3:11 to play.

AP NEWS
The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2014
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

  
HEADLINES
Marshall: Eyes on the Ivy
Iskoe: College Hoops Report
Washington edges Oklahoma, 69-67
Texas Southern stuns Michigan St. in OT
UNC runs past Ohio State, 'over' hits
Kentucky embarrasses UCLA, 83-42
Villanova rallies in OT win over 'Cuse
Lehigh tops Arizona State 84-81 in 3OT
Indiana upsets No. 23 Butler, 82-73
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
NCAA BK College Basketball Handicapper Sports Picks Records
NCAA BK  Hot Streaks
7-2 L9 G-Plays, +1,880 This Year
13-4 L17 G-Plays, 21-6 This Month
4-2 L6, 11-5 L16 Selections
11-6 Last 17, 14-7 Win Streak
12-5 L17 Guaranteed Plays
4-1 Saturday, 12-3 L15 Guarantees
7-2 Record L9 Guarantees
18-10 L28 Guaranteed Plays
3-1 L4, 8-4 Guarantees TY
6-1 Record Last 3 Days
7-3 L10 Guarantee Streak
4-2 Last 6 Guarantees
NCAA BK College Basketball Expert Sports Picks- Maryland Terrapins at Oklahoma State Cowboys
2014 CBK SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Bruce Marshall + 1880
Brian Edwards + 1103
Mike Rose + 923
Last 7 Day Leaders
Handicapper Money
Mike Rose + 380
John Fisher + 345
Joe Williams + 288
Percentage Leaders
Handicapper Pct
Mike Rose 66 %
Brian Edwards 64 %
Greg Smith 60 %
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Brian Edwards + 860
John Fisher + 747
Doc's Sports + 720
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
James Manos + 245
Doc's Sports + 100
Andy Iskoe + 100
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Bruce Marshall + 799
Mike Rose + 470
Antony Dinero + 420
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
2014 VI College Bowl Betting Guide