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Seth Curry Says The NCAA Tournament is His Last Chance to Leave His Legacy at Duke

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Seth Curry Says The NCAA Tournament is His Last Chance to Leave His Legacy at Duke
March 27, 2013 – 9:00 am by Chris Fedor
The last time Duke won their National title, Seth Curry was sitting on the bench waiting to get his eligibility back. The Liberty transfer didn’t get a ring nor did he get to enjoy the glory. He has one final shot to get that NCAA title at Duke. It’s this season. His senior season. So far so good for Curry and the Blue Devils. After wins last week against Albany and Creighton, the Devils are back in the Sweet Sixteen. Their road will be brutal from here on out though. Michigan State and Tom Izzo await on Friday. If they can get past Sparty then the top seed in the tournament, Louisville, could be waiting.
Seth Curry joined WFNZ in Charlotte with the Drive to talk about Duke’s run so far, how important it is for other players to step up during the tournament, how important it is to him to win a championship at Duke, on his ankle injury and how much the loss against Lehigh last year fuels them this year.
On their run so far:
“The first two games we have had have been good starting points for us in the tournament. Two good teams that really pushed us, played their best games for the most part and games we had to really grind out, especially against Creighton. Going up against Michigan State, they are one of the best teams in the country and very psychical and have a lot of great players so we have to be ready and we have to be on top of our ‘A’ game. Be ready for the physicality and it’s going to be a fun game to play in.”
On the importance of other guys stepping up in the tournament so far:
“It’s huge. You can play well but if another team is playing well and you’re not making shots then you can go home that game. That’s the beauty of the NCAA tournament. You have to play well every night. That’s why we have fellow seniors and other great players on the team. When guys like Ryan (Kelly) and Mason (Plumlee) are in foul trouble we can step up and make plays. That’s what you need throughout the tournament is other guys to step up when it’s necessary. That’s exactly what we did.”
How important winning a national title at Duke is to him:
“It’s huge. You can be a great player at Duke but it you don’t make a run in the tournament and get to the Final Four or the National Championship you didn’t really fulfill what you wanted to do here at Duke. You come here to win championships so that is what we’re trying to do as seniors. We’re trying to leave our legacy and that mark and be remembered as a championship caliber team this year. We haven’t won an ACC championship, regular season or tournament, so this is our last chance and we’re going to leave it all out there.”
How much the loss against Lehigh last year fueled them this year:
It’s great motivation, especially for our seniors. We saw the way we sent Miles (Plumlee) out last year and the hurt in his eyes and things like that, so just going into this tournament we know we have to bring our ‘A’ game or we can lose to anybody just like any other team out there. We want to leave our legacy as winners and the only way you can do that at Duke is to make a run.”
On his ankles that have bothered him all year:
“I feel a little bit better as the season has gone along. I didn’t practice pretty much at all during the regular season but toward the tournament run I’m feeling a little bit better. I’m able to do a little more reps in practice and that 9:40 start is helping me out. The more rest I can get is best for me. I’m just doing what it takes to get out there and play every game.”
Listen to Seth Curry on WFNZ in Charlotte here
Tags: 2013 NCAA Sweet Sixteen, 2013 NCAA Tournament, College Basketball, Duke Blue Devils, Seth Curry, WFNZ

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