Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski showed plenty of class after surpassing the great Pat Summitt on the all-time win's list Saturday afternoon.
Dallas Sister Jean's prayers were answered again in another heart-stopper, and the Loyola-Chicago Ramblers are going to the Sweet 16, just as they did the last time they were in the NCAA Tournament 33 years ago.
There has been a connection ever since, which is why it is more than an interesting coincidence to see the Rhode Island team coach by Danny bracketed against Coach K's Duke Blue Devils in the second round of the 2018 tournament for a Saturday 2:40 p.m. ET game at PPG Paints Arena.
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If Grayson Allen, Gary Trent Jr. or Trevon Duval weren't knocking down 3-pointers then they were getting the ball inside to Bagley or Carter, the program's "other" potential lottery pick who is dealing with an achy Achilles. After two free throws from Mathias, the Blue Devils earned their first double-digit lead, and they didn't stop there. Defensively, Rhode Island basketball yields 68.2 points per game against the opposing teams.
The Blue Devils have advanced to the Sweet 16 and will face the victor of Sunday's second-round matchup between the Michigan State Spartans and Syracuse Orange on Friday, March 23, in Omaha, Nebraska.
"They (Duke) played and looked like an National Basketball Association team out there", Rhode Island coach Danny Hurley said.
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The Blue Devils (23-8) pulled away in the second half by locking down on defense on the perimeter. After facing an early one-point deficit, Duke went on a 9-0 run to create some separation.
They will take on the victor of Sunday's second round game between No. 3 Michigan State and No. 11 Syracuse. They went into the locker room with a 17-point cushion and grew that advantage to as much as 29 points in the second half. The Rams also lost to Virginia and Alabama; also Round of 32 teams. Whether Hurley is there to guide them is another matter. He said no last spring.
Duke was dominant in their opening round win over Iona.
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