CHARLOTTE, NC (Sports Network) – Kyrie Irving scored 14 points in his return to the floor, leading Duke in an 87-45 rout of Hampton in its NCAA Tournament opener.
Irving had not played since December 4 because of an injured right foot, but Blue Devils head coach Mike Krzyzewski said Thursday that the freshman guard would return. Irving made 4-of-8 shots, including a pair of three-pointers in the final minutes.
Andre Dawkins added 13 points for Duke (31-4), the top seed in the West Region. The Blue Devils advanced to face eighth-seeded Michigan on Sunday in a third-round contest that will be a rematch of the 1992 national title game.
Krzyzewski picked up his 100th career NCAA tourney victory with Friday’s win.
Darrion Pellum had nine points to lead the Pirates (24-9), who won the Mid- Eastern Athletic Conference tourney.