(8) Seton Hall 62

(21-10, 10-6 Big East)

(1) Duke 90

(29-5, 13-3 ACC)

    1:10 PM ET, March 20, 2004

    PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina

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    Duke rolls to 7th straight Sweet 16

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- To J.J. Redick, the hoop looked as big as, say, the Georgia Dome. Because of that, Redick and his Duke teammates will be heading there next.

    The Blue Devils guard, missing his shooting touch for much of the past month, scored 21 points Saturday to lead Duke to a 90-62 victory over Seton Hall in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

    Duke (29-5) came into the tournament as a top seed, but with a little bit of an asterisk, in part because of Redick's struggles of late. He shot only 34 percent over the nine games leading into the tournament and the Blue Devils lost three times.

    Dick Vitale's Tourney Take
    This one was blowout city right out of the gate, baby! The outcome was never in doubt as Seton Hall could not counter the inside-outside play of J.J. Redick and Shelden Williams. The Blue Devils were absolutely brilliant on defense, too, and shut down a solid Pirates team. Coach K and his kids are looking solid as they continue their march toward a fourth national title.
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    But the team's leading scorer this season found his rhythm in the second half of Duke's opening win against Alabama State, and he kept it going against the eighth-seeded Pirates (21-10). He made his first four shots -- his first nine if you count his five straight free throws -- and wound up 6-for-10, and 7-for-7 from the line.

    "I kind of moved on from everything," Redick said of the turnaround.

    He wasn't the only one who couldn't seem to miss.

    Luol Deng went 6-for-9 for 20 points and Shavlik Randolph went 4-for-5 for eight points. Shelden Williams finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Overall, the Blue Devils shot 54 percent, although Redick's shooting percentage was certainly the number the team was happiest about.

    "It's kind of like when you have air conditioning and you start to take it for granted," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "We lost our air for a few days. All of the sudden, it came back on and we all felt a hell of a lot better."

    Krzyzewski's team, seeking its fourth national title, advanced to the second weekend of the tournament for the seventh straight time. Next Friday in the Atlanta Regional semifinals at the Georgia Dome, Duke will face either Cincinnati or Illinois, who play Sunday.

    The Pirates, coming off an energy-sapping win over Arizona late Thursday night, saw their season end on a day in which they were overmatched and unable to get a big game from their best player, all-Big East guard Andre Barrett.

    Earlier in the week, Krzyzewski called Barrett one of the 10 best players in the country. But Barrett spent this entire game blanketed by Duke's Chris Duhon, whose injured ribs didn't prevent him from playing the top-notch defense he's known for.

    Barrett finished with eight points and five assists. He went scoreless in the first half.

    "They keyed in on me," he said. "I mean, a lot of teams do that, but they really put the zoom on me, and it made it hard for all of us."

    Duhon, who hurt himself running into a stationary TV camera during the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament last weekend, played through the pain and added nine points, six rebounds and five assists to his nice defensive effort.

    He said his ribs were sore after the game, "but it was good to get out there and help my team get a win."

    Krzyzewski was effusive about both Duhon and Redick. And while he knows Duhon's aching ribs won't fully heal until the season's over, he has reason to believe Redick's problems are behind him.

    The sophomore's shooting touch had been a prime topic of conversation on Tobacco Road in recent weeks. Some analysts thought his mechanics were off. Krzyzewski insisted he was just a little worn down from being guarded by the ACC's best defenders all season.

    Redick didn't take a shot for the first 13 minutes against Alabama State and finished the first half 0-for-4. At halftime, Krzyzewski urged him to shoot more -- Redick said it was one of the rare times anyone had told him to do that -- and since then, Redick has scored 35 points on 11-for-19 shooting.

    "The players and coaches let me know they were behind me," Redick said. "They told me to forget about it all, and I did."

    It took him 15 minutes to miss his first shot against Seton Hall. By then, the Blue Devils were ahead 35-17.

    The Pirates, making their first tournament appearance since 2000, worked the lead down to nine late in the first half, but Redick hit a 3-pointer for a 40-28 lead just before halftime, a shot Krzyzewski said was the turning point of the game.

    Kelly Whitney and John Allen had 14 points each for the Pirates, who clearly were spent after the tough game against Arizona.

    "You need to have your `A' game against a team like Duke, and it's tough when you come off a game like Arizona," Pirates coach Louis Orr said.

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