March 25, 2014
NEW YORK – Seventh-seeded DePaul remained hot on Monday night by knocking off second-seeded Duke on the Blue Devils’ home court, 74-65, in the NCAA Tournament Second Round. The Blue Demons punched their ticket to the Sweet 16 for the third time and claimed their ninth consecutive victory, matching their season high, while handing Duke just its second NCAA Tournament loss on its home court at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
DePaul (29-6) was one of two BIG EAST teams to play in the NCAA Tournament Second Roundon Monday night as eighth-seeded St. John’s (23-11) fell to top-seeded Tennessee, 67-51, in Knoxville, Tenn.
The Blue Demons will face either No. 3 seed Texas A&M or 11th-seeded James Madison, which will square off on Tuesday at 9:45 p.m., in College Station, Texas. St. John’s is the lone BIG EAST team this season to face James Madison or Texas A&M, playing both and falling to the Dukes at home and knocking off the Aggies at the Maggie Dixon Classic at Madison Square Garden.
DePaul, which improved to 3-6 in NCAA Second Round games, is making its third trip to the NCAA Sweet 16 following 2006 and 2011 appearances, with eyes on advancing to the Elite Eight for the first time in program history.
BIG EAST teams are a combined 32-25 (.561) in the NCAA Sweet 16, including last season’s 3-0 mark. With Monday’s 1-1 record in the NCAA Second Round, the league moved to 58-43 (.574) all-time in the Round of 32.
St. John’s ends the season with a 23-11 record, one of six BIG EAST teams to reach the 20-win mark. The Red Storm had advanced to the NCAA Second Round for the sixth time in program history.
Second Round Postgame
DePaul 74, Duke 65 Box Score |AP Recap | Postgame Press Conference| DePaul Quotes |Highlights
Tennessee 67, St. John’s 51 Box Score | AP Recap | St. John’s Postgame | Highlights