By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Duke Blue Devils have advanced to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship. The No. 2 seeded Blue Devils defeated the No. 7 Rhode Island Rams, 87-62, on Saturday afternoon at the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, Pa.
The Blue Devils improved to 28-7 on the season. Duke will have to wait until Sunday to find out who their next opponent will be.
They’ll face either the Syracuse Orange or the Michigan State Spartans. This game will tip off at 2:40 pm on Sunday.
With the win, Blue Devils Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski has surpassed former Tennessee Volunteers women’s basketball head coach Pat Summitt for the most coaching wins in Division I history.
Rhode Island ended their season with a 26-8 record. They defeated the No. 10 Oklahoma Sooners in the first-round, ending Trae Young’s College career.
Marvin Bagley III led the Blue Devils with 22 points. He also had nine rebounds and one assist.
Duke’s entire starting lineup scored in double-figures. Gary Trent Jr. had 18 points, while Wendell Carter Jr. added 13 points.
Trevon Duval contributed 11 points and Grayson Allen scored 10 points.
E.C. Matthews led the Rams with 23 points. He also had seven rebounds and one assist.
Matthews was one of three Rhode Island players, who scored in double-figures. Jeff Dowtin and Jared Terrell also had 10 points each.
The Rams had 10 bench points. Daron Russell led the bench with six points.