LSU rattles Redick; advances to Elite Eight in upset of Duke
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) – Glen Davis and Darrel Mitchell each hit for 14
points, and fourth seed LSU held J.J. Redick and Duke to a woeful shooting
performance, as the Tigers disposed of the top-seeded Blue Devils, 62-54, in
the Atlanta Regional semifinals of the NCAA Tournament.
Redick, who came into Thursday the second-leading scorer in the nation at 27.2
points per game, was limited to just 11 points on 3-of-18 shooting. Duke shot
just 27.7 percent as a team against a determined LSU defense.
Tyrus Thomas added nine points, 13 rebounds and five blocked shots for the
Tigers, who will face the winner of tonight’s second game at the Georgia Dome
between second-seeded Texas and sixth-seeded West Virginia.
Tasmin Mitchell contributed 10 points and 10 rebounds for LSU (26-8), which
advanced to the Elite Eight for the first time since 1987, when the Tigers
were eliminated by eventual champion Indiana. Darnell Lazare also had 10
points for the Tigers, who last reached the Final Four in 1986, losing to
Louisville in the national semifinals.
Duke (32-4) has failed to make it to the Elite Eight in four of its last five
trips to the tournament, and Thursday’s loss marked a season-low in points for
Mike Krzyzewski’s team and the end to the collegiate career of Redick, the
all-time leading scorer for the Blue Devils.
Shelden Williams totaled 23 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks for Duke,
while Josh McRoberts had nine points and 10 boards. However, the long distance
shooting of Duke was brutal at just 5-for-26 from three-point range.