Last summer, Ryan Kelly and Doug McDermott roomed together at Amare Stoudemire’s Big Man Camp, but judging by the lackluster show put on, they should have taken a few of their teammates along. On a day chock full of thrilling finishes, the Duke Blue Devils and Creighton Bluejays saved the worst for last.
Duke prevailed in a 66-50 free throw shooting contest, but this style of play is not going to cut it in the Sweet 16. The officials blew their whistles like band directors and neither team could find it’s rhythm because of the constant stoppages in play. 46 fouls were called and midway through the second half, three Duke players were already saddled with four fouls.
Creighton had a chance to make it competitive, but they couldn't remove the lid covering the rim. The Bluejays shot a humiliating 2-for-19 from the behind the arc and made as many field goals as free throws.
Seth Curry started out 1-of-9 before drilling a three from the wing five minutes into the second half. From there, Duke started knocking down shots and left Creighton in their dust.
McDermott held up his end of his duel and finished with 21 points before fouling out. However, Kelly missed all five of his field goals and went 1-for-2 from the charity stripe.
Ultimately, both squads put the remaining TBS audience out of their misery. Duke will prep for Michigan State in the Sweet 16, but if they have a repeat performance and wait a whole half to start draining J's against the Spartans, it'll be a miserable flight home for Coach K's boys.