Ronald McDonald House Student-Athlete of the Week
l The Of ficial Online Magazine of Duke Athletics l Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Senior Nolan Smith was named Ronald McDonald House Charities Duke Student-Athlete of the Week after leading Duke to a 75-58 win over North Carolina in the 2011 ACC Tournament Finals. Smith became the 18th Blue Devil to be named ACC Tournament MVP. Smith averaged 18.0 points, 2.0 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 1.0 steals per game during the conference tournament. Smith was joined by Kyle Singler on the ACC All-Tournament first team, while Seth Curry and Miles Plumlee were named to the second team.
Fresh off a victory in the ACC Tournament Championship game, the Duke
men’s basketball team was awarded the No. 1 seed in the West Region for the 2011 NCAA Tournament. Duke will play its first round game in Charlotte against Hampton on Friday
at 3:10 p.m. The game will be televised on truTV. It will be the first ever meet- ing between the two schools. The Pirates are 24-8 and defeated Morgan State, 60-55, in the MEAC Championship game. The winner of that game will face the winner of the 8/9 game between Michigan (20-13) and Tennessee (19-14). It is the 12th time in school history the Blue Devils have been a No. 1 seed and second straight season. All 12 times they have been a top seed have come under head coach Mike Krzyzewski. Since 1998 Duke has been a No. 1 seed 10 times. Overall the Blue Devils have a 43-8 record as a No. 1 seed in the tournament with three of the school’s four national championships coming as the top seed in the region (1992, 2001 and 2010) Duke will be making its 16th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and 35th in school history. The Blue Devils have a 94-30 (.758) all-time record in the tournament with a NCAA-record 77 (77-22) of those wins coming under Krzyzewski.
When playing in the state of North Carolina during the NCAA Tournament, the Blue Devils boast a record of 30-4, including an 8-3 record in Charlotte. The last time Duke traveled to Charlotte for the NCAA Tournament was 2005 when they defeated Delaware State and Mississippi State as a No. 1 seed to advance to the Sweet 16.
Blue Devils Tabbed as No. 2 Seed; Host UT Martin Saturday The sixth-ranked Duke women’s basketball team received its 17th straight NCAA Tournament selection on Monday. The Blue Devils (29-3)
were seeded No. 2 in the Philadelphia Region and will play 15th-seeded University of Tennessee at Martin (22-10) in the first round on Saturday, March 19, 2011 at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, N.C. The game will be televised live on ESPN2 and will tip at approximately 1:45 p.m. UT Martin will be making its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament as the Skyhawks downed Tennessee Tech, 82-76, in the Ohio
Valley Conference Tournament Championship. Head Coach Kevin McMillan is in his second season as head coach at UT Martin, guiding the Skyhawks to a 22-10 mark. The Skyhawks finished with a 14-4 OVC mark in the regular season, while freshman Jasmine Newsome and Heather Butler were named
to the league’s all-tournament team. Newsome scored 24 points in the championship game and was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.
The winner of the Duke/UT Martin game will advance to face the winner of the No. 7 seed Iowa State versus No. 10 seed Marist game.
The contest will be played on Monday, March 21 at 7:00 p.m. Iowa State will face Marist at 11:15 a.m., on Saturday, March 19, televised on ESPN2.
The Blue Devils received an automatic invitation to the 2011 NCAA Tournament after winning their seventh ACC Championship with an 81-66 victory over 19th-ranked North Carolina on March 6. Duke has now won ACC titles in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2010 and 2011.
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Top-Seeded Duke Faces Hampton in First Round on Friday
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