Originally posted on Fox Sports South  |  Last updated 3/25/13
Here are three things we learned from Duke's 66-50 win over 7th-seeded Creighton on Sunday: 1. Duke needs a third star in every game, if it harbors serious dreams of another NCAA title The Blue Devils may be highly ranked and well regarded in national circles, but there isn't a "vintage" quality to the club, either. The legitimate worries with depth, scoring prowess and overall size were somewhat obscured against Creighton on Sunday ... thanks to the contributions of Mason Plumlee (10 points), Seth Curry (17 points) and enigmatic guard Rasheed Sulaimon (21 points). But it still doesn't lessen the need for more offensive balance as the tourney presses on. Basically, 19 of 49 shooting (39 percent) and nine total assists won't cut it against the likes of Michigan State, Louisville, Kansas or Indiana (all Sweet 16 entrants). But here's something that might: Six Duke players tallied between four and six rebounds against Creighton, which shot 30 percent for the night. (Ugh!) As for Sulaimon (three games of 20-plus points this season), his three triples and eight free throws were a welcome sight for the Blue Devils, especially when Ryan Kelly (one point, four rebounds) is a virtual non-factor. Since his 36-point explosion against Miami on March 2, the Duke centerforward has scored a grand total of 43 points in the ensuing five games with stagnant or declining tallies from each successive outing. 2. Doug McDermott likely didn't embrace the silver-lining portion of his rough night, going 12 for 12 from the charity stripe From the get-go, McDermott (21 points of four of 16 shooting from the field) was woefully out of sync with his shooting touch, whether it was having too much ooomph on long jumpers or too much momentum on driving layups, amid Duke defenders. Either way, McDermott picked the wrong day to field one of the worst shooting efforts of his brilliant career. In fact, Sunday marked only the fifth time all season that he had connected on fewer than five field goals an impressive feat, even in hollow defeat. Unfortunately, McDermott's teammates could not compensate for his shooting misery, as no other Bluejay scored in double figures ... or buried more than one three-pointer against the Blue Devils. Will this setback have any affect on McDermott's decision to return for his senior season, bypassing the pro ranks one more time? Time will tell, of course; but this might have been his best shot at snagging a Sweet 16 invitation. 3. You knew it would be a bad night for Creighton when ... The Bluejays had only two field goals in the first 10 minutes, and McDermott bore the look of a mortal shooter against the Blue Devils' pressure defense. 3a. You knew it'd be a good night for Duke when ... Tyler Thornton's 24-foot prayer from the right side was answered, just milliseconds before the first-half buzzer rang. Thornton (eight points) now has 29 triples for the season.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Giants’ Victor Cruz cleared to practice

PETA sends Warren Sapp vegan lobster following shark bite

Report: Josh McCown has looked better at times than RG3

Mike Trout does David Ortiz impersonation

Suspended Steelers WR Martavis Bryant set to help coach HS football

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Tickets for ‘Monday Night Football’ game in Mexico sell out

Kevin Durant says he never told Russell Westbrook he was staying in OKC

God Shammgod hired by Mavericks as player development assistant

Soccer player terminates contract after being attacked by stray dogs

Todd Bowles confirms Ryan Fitzpatrick is Jets starting QB: ‘It’s his job’

Carmelo Anthony shocked Dwyane Wade left Miami for Chicago

Giants acquire All-Star Eduardo Nunez from the Twins

Vikings QB injured trying to kick open door

Josh Gordon thankful for support from Browns

Report: Seahawks DE Chris Clemons retiring

Denard Robinson blames falling asleep at stoplight for pond crash

Everything that's already gone wrong at the Rio Olympics

Hue Jackson: Browns will give Josh Gordon a fresh start

Diamondbacks nearing Daniel Hudson trade

Amar'e Stoudemire's presence (and absence) changed the NBA

What would George Costanza have traded to get Bonds and Griffey?

Gabby Douglas can make USA Gymnastics history at Olympics

Week 3 will determine the Big Ten's reputation this season

College Basketball News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Everything that's already gone wrong at the Rio Olympics

Amar'e Stoudemire's presence (and absence) changed the NBA

We asked Team USA: What other Olympic sport would you play?

Why Gary Bettman's CTE denial is cause for concern for NHL

WATCH: Inside the Nike SNKRS BOX in SF for Golden Air Celebration

WATCH: Five other uniforms Chris Sale should cut up

QUIZ: Name every Olympic event in which the USA has never won a gold medal

Five U.S. Olympians favored to win multiple gold medals

WATCH: What teams should join the Big 12?

One Gotta Go: Do NBA players really love NBA2K?

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker