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Duke has recently been unstoppable in regular-season tournaments, and it will try to win its 21st straight such game Thursday against Minnesota in the first round of the Battle 4 Atlantis in Nassau, Bahamas.
Since losing to Marquette in the 2006 CBE Championship game, the fifth-ranked Blue Devils have won two Maui Invitationals, the 2K Sports Classic, the NIT Season Tip-Off and the CBE.
They now turn their sights to the second-ever Atlantis tournament after an 88-67 home win over Florida Gulf Coast on Sunday, their 52nd victory in their last 53 games played in November.
Florida Gulf Coast actually held a 30-29 lead in the first half, but Duke finished the half with a 23-0 run that eventually reached 30-0 after the break.
"We were kind of all over the place," coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "They hit 3s, and got layups. I thought they had a great game plan and once we settled down into a good half-court defense, we had that long run of 25 or 30 points without them scoring."
Mason Plumlee scored a career-high 28 points while going 9 for 11 from the field and 10 of 11 from the free-throw line. Plumlee is no longer a liability from the line, as he's shooting 77.3 percent (17 of 22) after making 50.5 percent of his attempts during his first three seasons.
"People can't foul him now," said Ryan Kelly, who scored 14. "He's hitting them, and that's something he worked on all summer, all offseason, to get better at, and it's shown."
Plumlee and Kelly join Seth Curry to form Duke's star senior trio, combining for 52 points against Florida Gulf Coast and averaging 48.4. Freshman Rasheed Sulaimon also gave the Blue Devils a lift with a season-high 19 points while hitting 3 of 8 3-pointers.
Minnesota (4-0) trailed Richmond 49-42 on Sunday but eventually rallied for a 72-57 victory in Minneapolis.
Austin Hollins scored all 13 of his points in the second half and Rodney Williams scored a team-high 15 to help key the comeback. The Golden Gophers won their first three games by an average of 30.3 points.
"I thought tonight's effort was really a good test for us," coach Tubby Smith said. "We needed a game like this to see how we would respond and our guys responded the right way."
Senior forward Trevor Mbakwe continues to become more of a factor, and he recorded nine points and 12 rebounds while playing a season-high 27 minutes Sunday. He averaged 14.0 points and 9.1 rebounds in seven games last year before an ACL injury ended his season.
"It was good just being out there for longer, getting a rhythm for the game," Mbakwe said. "I think my team did a good job of finding me and I did a better job of rebounding and on defense."
Duke and Minnesota have split two previous meetings. The Blue Devils won 87-70 in the last matchup, which came in the regional semifinals of the 1989 NCAA tournament.
The winner of this game will play No. 19 Memphis or VCU in a semifinal Friday. The other four participating teams are No. 2 Louisville, Northern Iowa, 13th-ranked Missouri and Stanford.
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Mason Plumlee, a 6-foot-10 center who helped break VCU's pressure, had 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead No. 5 Duke to a 67-58 victory over the Rams on Friday night In the semifinals of the Battle 4 Atlantis.
Plumlee, who had 20 points and 17 rebounds in the opening-round win over Minnesota, brought the ball across midcourt several times in each half to help the Blue Devils...
The Duke Blue Devils kept their impressive streak of in-season tournament win alive as they took care of Minnesota, 89-71 behind 20 points and 17 rebounds from Mason Plumlee.
Mason Plumlee posted another solid performance in Duke’s victory over Minnesota in the first round of the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament.
Not to be out done was the performance of Seth Curry who scored...
PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas -- Seth Curry scored 25 points and Mason Plumlee added 20 points and a career-high-matching 17 rebounds as No. 5 Duke's starters scored all but two of the Blue Devils' points in an 89-71 victory over Minnesota on Thursday in the first round of the Battle 4 Atlantis. Plumlee was coming off a career-high 28 points on 9-for-11 shooting from the field...
Duke Basketball used a 30-0 run spanning the last 5:43 of the first half until the first 2 minutes of the second half. The Blue Devils made four 3-pointers, six free throws and six two-pointers to pull ahead 59-30. Led by 28 points on 9-11 shooting from senior Mason Plumlee and 19 points from freshman Rasheed Sulaimon, Duke showed balanced scoring and high pressure defense to put...
Seth Curry scored 25 points and Mason Plumlee added 20 points and a career-high-matching 17 rebounds as No. 5 Duke's starters scored all but two of the Blue Devils' points in an 89-71 victory over Minnesota on Thursday in the first round of the Battle 4 Atlantis.
Plumlee was coming off a career-high 28 points on 9-for-11 shooting from the field, 10 of 11 from the free throw...
After Duke’s 3rd win of the season, and 95th consecutive win over a nonconference opponent at home, Mike Krzyzewski and selected players with the media in the Bill Brill Media Room.
On freeing up Mason Plumlee inside:
“They played more of matchup, and there is space there for a little bit, then there isn’t so you have to be alert when you pass it into...
Mason Plumlee and Seth Curry star as Duke won its opening round game in the Bahamas
VCU is used to creating havoc on the court with its defense that goes by that name.
It didn't work against No. 5 Duke on Friday night but the Rams haven't faced a team with the big players who could withstand that pressure.
Mason Plumlee and Ryan Kelly, the two biggest players in Duke's rotations, helped throughout the game against the fullcourt pressure of the Rams...
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Despite Plumlee’s big week, FSU’s Snaer wins ACC...
Minnesota put up some impressive defensive numbers in its first four games. Then the schedule got tougher, a lot tougher.
The Golden Gophers couldn't get over a second-half hump against No. 5 Duke and lost 89-71 on Thursday in the opening round of the Battle 4 Atlantis.
Minnesota had held its first four opponents to 28.6 shooting from the field and 19.1 percent on 3s while...
(John Bazemore/AP Photo)#5 DUKE 89, Minnesota 71 – It sounds as if Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski is putting together a screenplay: "The Maturation of Mason Plumlee."So far the reviews have been great.Plumlee scored 20 points and grabbed a career high-matching 17 rebounds to lead No. 5 Duke to an 89-71 victory over Minnesota on Thursday in the opening round of the Battle...
PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) — Seth Curry scored 25 points and Mason Plumlee added 20 points and a career-high-matching 17 rebounds as No. 5 Duke's starters scored all but two of the Blue Devils' points in an 89-71 victory over Minnesota on Thursday in the first round of the Battle 4 Atlantis.
Hey. Still in Utah. Ended up computer-less for the last two days due to circumstances you don't really care about. But with the Battle 4 Atlantis kicking off tomorrow I might as well do a quick little preview on the teams, starting with Duke since we know that's who the Gophers play in Round 1.
The Blue Devils are always good, but are generally at their best when...
By Chad Lykins – It was a successful first day for the Duke Blue Devils yesterday in the Bahamas. In a quarterfinals matchup against the Minnesota Golden Gophers, Duke scored their fourth victory of the season, 89-71. With the win, the Blue Devils will now advance to the semifinals of the tournament to face off against the VCU Rams.
After the Blue Devils (4-0) defeated Minnesota...
Duke will tip off the official Battle for Atlantis Tournament in the Bahamas on Thanksgiving Day against the Minnesota Golden Gophers in what can only be described as a stacked tournament.
The Blue Devils enter the tournament riding a high after starting the season 3-0 and defeating the then No. 3 team in the country in Kentucky. Still Duke still has a lot of work to do to get...