Duke’s defense was huge on Sunday afternoon as the Blue Devils shut down a hot shooting CAL team in the second round of the NCAA tournament to advance to the Sweet 16 where they will take on Purdue. Nolan Smith slapped the floor in Jacksonville to get the defense going and he shut down the PAC10 player of the year Jerome Randle as he only allowed Randle to score 12 points. Smith on the other hand scored a team high 20 points as the Blue Devils posted a 68-53 victory.

“I wanted to pick him up as early as I could,” Smith said. “I’ve seen films where he’d come up and shoot from 30 feet while guys are backpedaling. Today I was just up in him. He had to look at me before he looked at the rim tonight.”

Duke showed Sunday afternoon that they can beat teams with defense and rebounding and they...

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