Blue Devils Maul Panthers, Head to ACC Semis
|Posted on March 9, 2023 at 4:35 PM|
Article by Dan Tortora
The second game of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Quarterfinals' round featured two former players / assistant coaches under now-retired Mike Krzyzewski, aka "Coach K", in Jeff Capel, the head coach of the 5th-seeded Pittsburgh Panthers, and Jon Scheyer, the head coach of the 4th-seeded Duke Blue Devils who succeeded Coach K.
Duke wasted no time, out to a 12-point lead less than four minutes into play.
Before the midway point of the first half, Duke had already scored 20 points, and led 20-6.
The Blue Devils had doubled the output of the Panthers, and then some, with 6:32 remaining in the first half, when freshman center Kyle Filipowski completed an old-fashioned three-point play that made it 31-15 Blue Devils.
As a team, Duke would conclude the first half just shy of the 50-point mark, ahead 48-32.
Duke would go 6-for-13 from long range in the first half, making them 46.2% effective from three-point range. Their play from deep gave them 18 points in the first half. They led by 16 at the break.
The Blue Devils would continue to tame the Panthers in the second half, moving ahead by 30, 69-39, with over 14 minutes left in the contest.
Duke opened up the doors for their bench to enjoy playing on the stage of the ACC Tournament, with 14 players in action overall.
Pittsburgh would have the final field goal, an alley-oop slam in transition by freshman forward Guillermo Diaz Graham, but Duke never lost control of the game, winning by the score of 96-69.
All in all, this game was a far cry from Pittsburgh's only other match-up with Duke this season, an eight-point loss on the road with Duke ranked toward the bottom of the nation's Top 25.
The Blue Devils advance to face off against the top-seeded Hurricanes of Miami in the ACC Tournament Semifinals this Friday, March 10th, at 7pmET.
Duke split their regular-season series with Miami, defeating them 68-66 at home and falling on the road, 81-59, more recently.
Categories: Atlantic Coast Conference, NCAA
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