Coach K watched the game from a stool on the raised floor, a few feet above the Duke bench, and had a front-row seat to a rough first half.The Blue Devils missed 22 of 29 shots, had 11 turnovers and led 24-23 only because of a 29-13 edge in rebounding. Scheyer was 0-for-6 from the field, continuing his slump after going 1-for-11 in Duke's second-round win over California.
Singler characterized both teams' struggles in the half when he went for a dunk in the last minute and the ball got stuck between the rim and the glass.
Scheyer swished a 3 from the wing with 17:52 left, and Krzyzewski leaped up and punched the air, a sign of how much the shot meant to both the team and its leading scorer.
"That was a huge 3, him to finally see something go in," said Nolan Smith, who scored 15 points. "That got him going. Now he's ready. See it go in the hole, you get confidence."
But Moore hit a straight-on 3 about two minutes later to tie it at 31. Duke started to build a lead after that, and Singler's 3-pointer with 11:55 left put the Blue Devils up 40-35.
Chris Kramer, Purdue's top 1-on-1 defender, plowed into Zoubek, who was setting a screen, about a minute later and crumpled to the floor. He seemed dizzy and needed help as he walked off the floor.
Purdue cut it to two before Smith scored seven straight points, finishing the one-man spurt with a 3-pointer with 7:58 to go. Smith held his follow-through as the Blue Devils' bench erupted, sensing that the stubborn Boilermakers were finally breaking.
The Boilermakers had to adjust on the fly after Hummel went down, and had won five of seven games since his injury. They simply ran out of offensive options against the Blue Devils' defense and dropped to 0-5 against No. 1 seeds in the tournament.
Baylor will likely have more fan support on Sunday. Fans in green and gold filled all but one section of Reliant Stadium for the opener.
Duke has history on its side - the Blue Devils are 40-8 as a No. 1 seed in the tournament and have reached the Final Four in five of the 11 times they've earned a top seed.