Published Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 8:57 pm / Updated at 12:25 am
BASKETBALL
Sizing up CU's opening-weekend bracket

A capsule look at the teams Creighton could face before the end of the NCAA tournament's first weekend.

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2. DUKE (27-5, 14-5 ACC)

Coach: Mike Krzyzewski, 881-237 in 33 seasons at Duke, 954-296 in 38 seasons overall

Ranking: 6th AP, 7th coaches

Top players
Mason Plumlee, 6-10, Sr., F, 17.2 PPG, 10.2 RPG, .592 FG PCT.
Quinn Cook, 6-1, So., G, 12.4 PPG, 5.2 APG, 48 steals
Seth Curry, 6-2, Sr., G, 17.0 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 83 3-pointers
Ryan Kelly, 6-11, Sr., 14.3 PPG, 5.4 RPG, .486 3-PT PCT.

Good wins
Louisville 76-71; Ohio State 73-68; Miami 79-76

Bad losses
Miami 90-63; Maryland 83-81 and 83-74

Notables

If Duke reaches the Sweet 16, it would become the fourth program in NCAA history to record 2,000 wins.

Duke has won 11 of its past 14 games but is coming off a quarterfinal loss to Maryland in the ACC tournament.

The Blue Devils are 18-1 this season when Ryan Kelly is in the lineup. He missed 13 games with a foot injury.

Mason Plumlee needs four blocked shots to become the second player in NCAA history to score 1,000 points, grab 1,000 rebounds and record 200 assists, 200 blocks and 100 steals in a career.

Seventy-nine of Krzyzewski's victories have come in the NCAA tournament, the most of any coach.

Duke has the most productive starting lineup in the country. The starting five scores 68.0 points per game, accounting for 86.8 percent of the team's total scoring.

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15. ALBANY (24-10, 9-7 America East)

Coach: Will Brown, 171-190 in 12 seasons at Albany and overall

Ranking: Unranked

Top players
Mike Black, 6-0, Sr., G, 14.9 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 2.5 APG
Jacob Iati, 5-10, Sr., G, 12.1 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 89 3-pointers
Sam Rowley, 6-6, So., F, 9.0 PPG; 6.3 RPG, .534 FG PCT
Peter Hooley, 6-4, Fr., G, 7.8 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 3.1 APG

Good wins
Washington 63-62; Stony Brook 61-59; Vermont 53-49

Bad losses
Quinnipiac 59-57; Vermont 70-45; Maine 66-52

Notables

Albany's previous two NCAA tournament appearances came as a No. 16 seed in 2006 and a No. 13 seed in 2007. The Great Danes lost to Connecticut 72-69 in 2006 and Virginia 84-57 in 2007.

Albany became the lowest seed (fourth) to win the America East tournament championship.

The Great Danes' only other meeting with Duke came in 2007 when they dropped an 111-70 decision.

Peter Hooley has averaged 10.2 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.7 assists in 12 games as a starter.

The Great Danes are 13-3 when Mike Black and Jacob Iati combine to score at least 30 points.

Albany lost twice to Vermont during the regular season before posting its 53-49 win over the Catamounts in the America East tournament championship game.

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10. CINCINNATI (22-11, 9-9 Big East)

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Ranking: Unranked

Notables

Sean Kilpatrick finished fourth in the regular season in scoring in the Big East with a 17.3 average and was second in 3-point baskets (2.52 per game).

Kilpatrick, a second-team All-Big East selection, is just one of seven players in Cincinnati history to have two seasons in which he has scored 500 points.

JaQuon Parker has averaged 13.2 points in his past nine games

Cincinnati ranks 16th nationally in field-goal percentage defense (.385) and 23rd in scoring defense (58.8 points per game).

Senior guard Cashmere Wright is the only player in school history to score 1,300 points while recording 475 assists and 175 steals. He holds school records for steals (198) and games played (138).

Kilpatrick, Wright and Parker have accounted for 84.4 percent of the Bearcats' 3-point baskets (190 of 225).

Cincinnati opponents are scoring 11.04 points below their season average when playing the Bearcats. Only four teams — Mississippi Valley State, Maryland Eastern Shore, Wright State and Connecticut — have exceeded their season's scoring average against Cincinnati.

Cheikh Mbodj ranks 18th nationally in blocked shots (2.58 per game). The Bearcats' 204 blocks are the most in Mick Cronin's seven seasons as coach.

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