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 giving up 48.0 points per game.
Duke blew those numbers out of the water.
The Blue Devils (4-0) finished 30 of 55 (54.5 percent) from the field. Seth Curry, who finished with 25 points was 8 of 11 from the field and made all three of his 3-point attempts as the Blue Devils were 8 of 10 from beyond the arc.
Duke center Mason Plumlee had 20 points and a career high-tying 17 rebounds for the Blue Devils.
''We felt we could try and get physical with our three big guys but he's just a real talented player,'' Minnesota coach Tubby Smith said of Plumlee. ''Game plans are meant to work but it didn't today.''