Three Stats That Determined Duke’s Early NCAA Tournament Exit

Here are three key statistics from Duke’s second round NCAA Tournament game that allowed the South Carolina Gamecocks to upset the Blue Devils.

Duke Basketball had very high expectations in the preseason, and then those championship expectations arrived again entering the postseason. Unfortunately, the Blue Devils’ 2016-17 campaign ended in the second round of the NCAA Tournament with an upset loss to South Carolina. USC will advance to the first Sweet Sixteen ever in school history.

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The Blue Devils had a very up-and-down season, failing to find consistency due to numerous injuries to players, a Grayson Allen suspension, and a leave of absence for head coach Mike Krzyzewski. The men’s basketball team was ranked preseason No. 1 in the country, but then started conference play 3-4 including a horrible home loss to NC State.

After another hot streak winning eight straight ACC games, the Blue Devils lost two of three to end the regular season. After another hot streak winning eight straight games, the Blue Devils lost three straight road games to end the regular season at Syracuse, Miami, and UNC. Then, Duke had a huge burst of momentum leading up to the NCAA tournament by winning the ACC title. They beat four conference opponents in four consecutive days in Brooklyn to win the conference championship, trailing during the second half of each one.

However, Duke was unable to comeback against the Gamecocks in the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament, falling to South Carolina 88-81 in a very tough and physical game. Here are some of the key stats that determined the outcome of the game and led to the Blue Devils’ upset loss.

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