Duke didn’t have much of a struggle against Rhode Island on Saturday in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in Pittsburgh, Pa. It is now back in the Sweet 16 after a 87-62 victory over the Rams.
The Blue Devils needed a few minutes to get into the swing of things, but once they did, the rout was on. 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. All told, Duke ended the day with a 56.9 percent mark from the floor while holding Rhode Island to below 40 percent.
It was another terrific effort from Marvin Bagley III as he scored 22 points on 8-of-10 shooting, coming a rebound shy of a double-double. Gary Trent Jr. contributed 18 points, including a 4-for-9 mark from beyond the arc.
With the win, Mike Krzyzewski passed the late Pat Summit for most Division 1 victories – by a men’s or women’s basketball coach – with 1,099. Here’s what he said as the Blue Devils will face either Syracuse or Michigan State on Friday in the Sweet 16:
"The lady who had that record would have run hundreds more. Pat Summitt was as good of a coach as there was."
— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 17, 2018
"As coaches, we understand when we go into the arena, great things can happen. But also, some really difficult things can happen." – Mike Krzyzewski, discussing Virginia's loss to UMBC. #NCAAPittsburgh
— RTC Midwest Region (@RTCMWRegion) March 17, 2018
Mike Krzyzewski on CBS called it an “honor” to break Pat Summitt’s Division 1 wins record by a coach. He said Summitt “would have won hundreds more. Pat Summitt was as good a coach as there was.”
— Josh Ward (@Josh_Ward) March 17, 2018
— Z-Dash (@WillifordWebb) March 17, 2018
Mike Krzyzewski was very complimentary of Pittsburgh as a host site before leaving stage. “Funny thing, everyone was wearing green this morning.” #MarchMadness
— Josh Rowntree (@JRown32) March 17, 2018
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