Duke survived the first round of the NCAA tournament, but awaiting the Blue Devils in the second round is an old friend of the program.
No. 2 seed Duke pulled away from Iona during the second half to defeat the Gaels 89-67 to advance to the second round of the Midwest Region of the NCAA tournament on Thursday.
The Blue Devils (27-7) will face No. 7 seed Rhode Island, which prevailed over No. 10 seed Oklahoma and Trae Young (28 points) 83-78 in overtime, on Saturday in Pittsburgh. Saturday's gametime has not been announced.
The Rams (26-7) are coached by Dan Hurley, brother of former Duke star Bobby Hurley. It was the second consecutive first-round NCAA tournament win for URI.
Guard E.C. Matthews (16 points) hit two 3-points in overtime to help the Rams outlast the Sooners. Fatts Russell hit three 3-pointers and finished with 15 points for Rhode Island.