Blue Devils Eager To Take Next Step

HOUSTON (AP) -- Duke is almost a sure bet in the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament, advancing to the round of 16 in 11 of the past 13 seasons.

It's the third game that's become a hurdle for the program boasting the tournament's highest all-time winning percentage.

The top-seeded Blue Devils (31-5) will try to reach the round of eight for the first time since 2004 when they face No. 4 seed Purdue (29-5) in Houston on Friday. Duke is 90-30 in the tournament all-time, but has lost to lower-seeded teams in the regional semifinals in three of the last five seasons.

The Boilermakers are back in the regional semifinals for the second straight year, but they haven't made the round of eight since 2000. They're a mild surprise to be here at all, after losing junior forward Robbie Hummel to a knee injury in late February.


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