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|Duke Overwhelms West Virginia to Make Championship Game
|INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Duke got some heat when it was awarded a No. 1 seed when the NCAA field was announced. But the Blue Devils have redeemed themselves and are playing their best basketball when it counts the most.
Duke advanced to Monday night's championship game against sentimental favorite Butler by dismantling second-seed West Virginia, the champion of the Big East, 78-57. The Blue Devils shot 52.7 percent in a surgical display against the Mountaineers.
Three players scored 63 of Duke's 78 points. Jon Scheyer led the way with 23, Kyle Singler had 21 and Nolan Smith 19 for Duke, which made 13 of 25 three-point shots.
Duke built a 39-31 halftime lead and led by double-digits most of the second half. Any chance West Virginia had of rallying ended when star forward Da'Sean Butler had to be helped off the court after injuring his left knee in a hard collision with 8:59 left in the game. Butler was unable to put any weight on his left leg and was taken to the locker room in a golf cart.
Butler finished with 10 points for the Mountaineers, who were led by Wellington Smith with 12.
In a classic case of big vs. little, the Blue Devils will face hometown favorite Butler on Monday night as Duke tries for its first national title since 2001.
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