No. 4 Duke picked the best time of the season to play its best defense. ... With that said, the Blue Devils face a stern test in that department as they strive to play in the Final Four for the first time since 2010. ... Duke’s game with Gonzaga pits the top two seeds in the NCAA Tournament South Regional against one another at NRG Stadium Sunday, March 30 (5:05 p.m., WRAL). ... The Zags (35-2) are ranked No. 7 in the country and seeded No. 2 in the regional. Duke (32-4) is ranked No. 4 in the AP top 25 poll and are the South’s top seed.
Shatori Walker-Kimbrough scored 18 of her 24 points in the second half, Laurin Mincy scored all 15 of her points in the first half, and top-seeded Maryland advanced to the Spokane Regional final with a 65-55 victory over No. 4 seed Duke on Saturday.
Blue Devils hold Utes to 35 percent shooting, ride strong game from Winslow to win
Spot in NCAA women's tournament's elite eight on the line when Duke plays Maryland today
Duke hasn't lost often, but it has had its mettle tested by tough situations and has survived quite nicely
Now that No. 4 Duke is two wins away from the Final Four, and needing four wins for a national championship, the play of Jahlil Okafor and Justise Winslow has become most important for Duke.
The next hurdle in Duke’s path to a first Final Four berth in five years will present the Blue Devils defense with a serious challenge.
After years of landing in the same region as Connecticut or whoever was the powerhouse team of that particular season, the Duke women finally caught a break in this year’s NCAA Tournament.
Duke's play getting even better as opposition is the toughest
Blue Devils top Mississippi State, advance to Spokane Regional semifinals
Blue Devils post second easy NCAA Tournament win, advance to Houston to play Utah next
Armed with its penchant for scoring bursts, top-seeded Duke possesses offensive firepower to fuel a deep NCAA Tournament run. Standing in between the Blue Devils and a trip to the South Region semifinals in Houston is No. 8 seed San Diego State and its well-earned reputation for playing defense on par with any team in the country. At Charlotte’s Time Warner Cable Arena Sunday, March 22 (2:40 p.m., WRAL), a battle of wills with the survival of a season is on the line.
No. 4 seeded Duke takes on No. 5 seeded Mississippi State (noon, ESPN2) on Sunday, March 22 at Cameron Indoor Stadium. In the rankings Mississippi State (27-6) comes in at No. 12, while the Blue Devils (22-10) are No. 16 in the polls.
Top-seeded Duke downplayed any talk about Mercer or Lehigh this week and made sure there were no reminders of recent upsets on the court Friday night. The Blue Devils made 11 of their first 14 shots against No 16 seed Robert Morris and blew out the Colonials 85-56 in an NCAA Tournament South Region game at Time Warner Cable Arena.