Duke basketball: Takeaways from impressive NCAA Tournament outing

Duke basketball forward Wendell Moore (Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports)
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Duke basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski and forward AJ Griffin (Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports) /

The Duke basketball team cruised into the Round of 32 against Cal State Fullerton. 

It was a walk in the park for the Duke basketball team on Friday night in the NCAA Tournament against Cal State Fullerton.

The Blue Devils looked reenergized and reinvigorated in Greenville, South Carolina, specifically on the defensive side of the court.

Cal State Fullerton was held to 37.5-percent shooting from the floor and an eye-opening 29.4-percent from 3-point range while only shooting eight free throws in the 78-61 Duke victory.

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The champions from the Big West Conference had four players reach double figures, but it was no match for the No. 2 seed as each Duke starter posted at least 10 points.

Paolo Banchero led the way with 17 points, 10 rebounds, and four assists while Mark Williams chipped in 15 points, seven rebounds, five assists, and five blocks.

Mike Krzyzewski saw his team shoot 51.7-percent from the field and 40.9-percent from 3-point territory as the Blue Devils did not miss a free throw attempt in the game, either.

Duke basketball nursing injury concerns

The court proved to be very slick in Greenville, and it nearly caused a major injury for the Blue Devils.

Forward Wendell Moore slipped on the same wet spot in the span of five seconds and fell to the floor awkwardly both times.

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Coach K said after the game that his captain was dealing with a hip injury, and Moore said his hip tightened up on him during the game but that he felt better once he returned to play.

Moore said that he would play on Sunday in the Round of 32 regardless of what the full extent of the injury might be.

Duke will face the Michigan State Spartans at 5:15 pm EST on Sunday afternoon.