South Region Notebook

Duke Blue Devils guard Jon Scheyer looks to put bad game behind him

By Eric Prisbell
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, March 26, 2010

HOUSTON -- Duke's Jon Scheyer thinks he has a cure for the shooting woes that plagued the senior guard in his team's second-round NCAA tournament victory over California.

Don't worry, just shoot.

Scheyer, who made just 1 of 11 shots against the Golden Bears, said Thursday that he became tight after missing a couple open shots and started putting pressure on himself to make some to widen the lead against California and break the game open.

"I was trying to guide the ball in," Scheyer said. "I just need to go and shoot the ball."

Duke's rite revoked?

There was a time when Duke playing into late March or early April was a rite of spring. Not so in recent years. Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski was asked to explain why the Blue Devils have not reached the Final Four since 2004.

"There are two words when you compete that are interesting -- since and never," Krzyzewski said.

"I'm glad we're in the since."

Duke, the top seed in the South Region, has made Sweet 16 appearances in 2009, 2006 and 2005, but the Blue Devils have not played in a region final since 2004.

When asked if his current senior class -- which includes Scheyer, Lance Thomas and Brian Zoubek -- has had trouble living up to expectations, Krzyzewski said: "Just judge people for who they are right now. We are not the Yankees. We're not -- thank goodness we're not the Cubs, who are my favorite.

"It's different. It's college. These kids have won 111 games, 111 games. I am sure that matches up with most people or exceeds most people for a four-year period."

Bears feel right at home

Reliant Stadium is expected to provide somewhat of a home-court advantage for Baylor in Friday night's Sweet 16 matchup with Saint Mary's. Baylor's campus in Waco, Tex., is about a three-hour drive from Houston, and before this season, the Bears had not won an NCAA tournament game since 1950, so fans are a tad bit excited about the success in this year's tournament.

"We are going to treat this game like a home game," Baylor forward Anthony Jones said. "We only lost one game at home this year, so I like our chances of winning."

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