Thursday, March 21, 2002

IU-Duke gets Sweet 16 going

The Associated Press

        LEXINGTON — Top-seeded Duke got more than its share of boos when taking the court at Rupp Arena for practice Wednesday for its South Regional semifinal against No.5 seed Indiana at 7:38p.m. today.

        Kentucky fans have loathed the Blue Devils ever since Christian Laettner's game-winning shot knocked the Wildcats out of the NCAA Tournament in the 1992 East Regional final.

        “I don't think the game will be decided by what happens in the stands,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “I do see these "K' flags all over, and I thought it was a welcome for me.”

        Following Duke-Indiana, No.3 Pitt will take on No.10 Kent State.

        In the West Regional today, No.2 Oklahoma will meet No.3 Arizona at 7:55 at San Jose, Calif., and No.8 UCLA will face No.12 Missouri at 10:25.

        The Hoosiers aren't exactly liked in Kentucky either. Indiana coach Mike Davis was quoted earlier in the season as saying he hated Kentucky. Davis backpedaled Wednesday.

        “I apologize if I've ever said anything to offend any Kentucky fans. I even let my little boy wear blue sometimes. I am hoping they cheer for us. We need all the help we can get.”


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