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Duke returns to Elite Eight after six years

HOUSTON - This is more like it for Coach K and Duke.

The top-seeded Blue Devils returned to the round of eight for the first time since 2004, with Kyle Singler and Jon Scheyer helping them pull away in the second half Friday night for a 70-57 win over Purdue in a South Regional semifinal.

Singler scored 24 points and Scheyer added 18, snapping out of a shooting slump just in time.

Duke (32-5) will play third-seeded Baylor in Sunday's regional final after clearing a nagging hurdle that had some wondering if the mighty program was losing its edge.

The Blue Devils had lost in the round of 16 in three of the previous five seasons but now stand one victory from their 11th Final Four appearance under coach Mike Krzyzewski.

Duke continued to march through the NCAA Tournament while other favorites fall by the wayside.

Scheyer, Duke's leading scorer, was 5-for-18 from the field in Duke's first two NCAA Tournament games. He went 5-for-9 in the second half after missing his first six shots and also went 7-for-8 from the foul line.

It was 31-all with 151/2 minutes left before the Blue Devils broke away.

Brian Zoubek grabbed 14 rebounds and Duke dominated the undersized Boilermakers inside, as expected. The absence of injured do-everything forward Robbie Hummel finally caught up with fourth-seeded Purdue (29-6).

Hummel tore his right ACL in late February and watched Friday's loss in street clothes from the bench.

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