NCAA Men's Basketball ACCtion: Sunday, March 21

March 21, 2010

Top-Seeded Duke Rolls Past Cal, 68-53

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – When Brian Zoubek is calling for the ball and scoring at will, you know things are going really well for Duke.

Exploiting a huge advantage in size and depth in the frontcourt, the top-seeded Blue Devils glided into the round of 16 of the NCAA tournament for the 19th time under coach Mike Krzyzewski with a 68-53 victory over eighth-seeded California on Sunday.

The 7-foot-1, light-scoring Zoubek had 14 points and 13 rebounds while teaming with Lance Thomas and reserves Miles and Mason Plumlee to dominate a suspension-weakened Cal frontline featuring 6-foot-8 Duke transfer Jamal Boykin — and little else.

Nolan Smith led the Blue Devils (31-5) with 20 points and spearheaded Duke's trademark man-to-man defense that made it difficult for Cal's high-scoring trio of Jerome Randle, Patrick Christopher and Theo Robertson to get open looks.

Kyle Singler scored 17 for Duke, which advanced to the South Regional in Houston, where the Blue Devils will face fourth-seeded Purdue on Friday. Zoubek's 6-for-6 shooting more than made up for leading scorer Jon Scheyer going 1 of 11 and finishing with seven points.

Boykin, who transferred from Duke after spending a little more than a season with the Blue Devils, led Cal with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Randle had 12 points and Robertson 10, but the Golden Bears misfired on nine of 12 3-point attempts and Christopher was held to two points — 14 below his average.

When Zoubek and Duke's best defender, Thomas, weren't clogging the lane on defense and taking advantage of their size to score easy baskets on offense, the Plumlee brothers were doing the job for the Blue Devils.

Zoubek and the Plumlees were a combined 7 for 7 from the field in the opening half. Cal made one run in the second half, scoring eight straight points to pull within 44-37 before Zoubek's tip-in started a burst that put the game away.

Terps Fall 85-83 On MSU Buzzer-Beater

SPOKANE, Wash. - Korie Lucious hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to cap a frenetic finish and give Michigan State an 85-83 victory over Maryland on Sunday in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

Maryland overcame a 16-point deficit in the second half, led by Greivis Vasquez's 26 points. Vasquez's basket put Maryland ahead 83-82 with 6 seconds left, but Michigan State inbounded immediately and pushed up the floor.

The ball went to Lucious at the top of the key and he drained a 3 just in time, spoiling the Maryland comeback.

Vasquez sparked the late comeback by scoring nine of Maryland's final 11 points in the last two minutes.

Hayes tallied 18 points and Landon Milbourne had 11. Jordan Williams recorded his second consecutive double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Yellow Jackets Fall To Ohio State, 75-66

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Evan Turner shook off one of the worst shooting nights of his career by coming within an assist and a rebound of his third triple-double of the season, lifting Ohio State to a 75-66 victory over sloppy Georgia Tech on Sunday in the second round of the NCAA tournament. Turner, a leading candidate to add national player of the year to his Big Ten honors, finished with a game-high 24 points.

Jon Diebler added 20 points and David Lighty had 18 for the Buckeyes.

ACC Freshman of the Year Derrick Favors, who played just 5 minutes in the first half after picking up two quick fouls, keyed an 11-0 run that cut Ohio State's lead to 65-61 with 1:47 to play. Turner made two free throws, Lighty converted both of his after an intentional foul and the Yellow Jackets (23-13) never threatened again.

Beating the Buckeyes might have been a tall order anyway, but Georgia Tech (23-13) had no chance with Gani Lawal and Favors, their two leading scorers and rebounders, in foul trouble for much of the game. Favors, who finished with 10 points and four rebounds, fouled out in the last minute. Lawal, who had three fouls before halftime, had 11 points.

Turnovers didn't help, either. The Yellow Jackets had 21 miscues, eight more than they had in Friday night's victory over Oklahoma State. The Buckeyes weren't exactly careful with the ball, either. They had 18, nine from Turner.