Published Monday, March 25, 2013 AT 12:34 AM / Updated at 1:19 AM
Tom’s Takes: Duke 66, Creighton 50
Tom Shatel Omaha World-Herald

A lot of tough calls: I’m not saying there were too many whistles on Sunday night but I picked up my third foul with 12 minutes left in the game. I don’t like to focus on officiating. But there’s been too much focus in this NCAA tournament. Problems with flagrant fouls, the block/charge interpretations — which continue to torture Iowa State fans. Here, we had a Creighton game called loose on Friday and then tighter than tight on Sunday night. It’s not the reason you win or lose. But it’s most annoying.

Full house in Phill: The Wells Fargo Center was packed on Sunday night. I was a little surprised by that but maybe I shouldn’t have been. For a 9:40 p.m. local start, on a Sunday night, that’s a hearty bunch. I didn’t see a lot of kids in the stands. Back in Omaha, my girls couldn’t watch Creighton. Thanks a lot TBS. Seriously, this game was taken by TBS?

A glimpse of the future: Creighton’s recruiting will be under the microscope going into the Big East. Frankly, I don’t see a lot of Big East-type players on that bench. And Sunday night showed what the future must be. Austin Chatman and Jahenns Manigat are good guards, but they can’t be your go-to scorers. Avery Dingman played 16 minutes and took two shots. This roster is going to be interesting to watch.

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