(Live Box Score) The third-seeded Duke Blue Devils will start their hunt for another NCAA men’s college basketball national title when they take on the 14th-seeded Mercer on Friday.
Duke vs. Mercer
NCAA Tournament Second Round
Raleigh, N.C. • PNC Arena (19,772)
March 21, 2014 • 12:15 p.m.
CBS • Blue Devil IMG Sports Network • Westwood One
The Opening Tip
• Duke received the No. 3 seed in the Midwest Region and will open its 19th consecutive NCAA Tournament with a second-round matchup against 14th-seeded Mercer Friday at 12:15 p.m. at PNC Arena.
• In NCAA Tournament play, Duke is 99-33 all-time with four national championships, 15 Final Four appearances and 10 NCAA Championship game appearances.
• Head coach Mike Krzyzewski is 82-25 (.766) in the NCAA Tournament and is the winningest coach in NCAA Tournament history. Duke leads all Division I programs with a .750 winning percentage in the NCAA Tournament.
• Duke is ranked No. 8 in the Associated Press poll and No. 6 in the USA Today Coaches Poll. The Blue Devils are 76-17 all-time when playing as the No. 8 team in the AP poll.
• The Blue Devils are 2-0 when playing NCAA Tournament games in PNC Arena.
The Last Time Out
• Jabari Parker scored 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds, but top-seeded Virginia pulled away late to defeat third-seeded Duke, 72-63, in the ACC Championship game Sunday at Greensboro Coliseum.
• Virginia attempted 38 free throws while Duke attempted just 11. The -27 margin was the largest against Duke in the Coach K era, topping the 14-40 (-26) margin Colorado had against the Blue Devils on Dec. 2, 1982.
• Rodney Hood and Amile Jefferson both scored in double figures with 13 and 11 points.
• Parker earned ACC All-Tournament first team honors, while Hood and Jefferson were named to the second team.
• Duke turned the ball over just six times, thanks in part to the play of Quinn Cook, who dished out six assists without a giveaway in 30 minutes of play. For the tournament, Cook posted an 11:1 assist-to-turnover ratio.