“The 900, it means that we’re advancing,” Krzyzewski said. “That’s the main thing.”
Kyle Singler added 13 points for the Blue Devils (32-4), who shot 51 percent, never trailed in the second half and advanced to the round of 16 for the 12th time in 14 years. Next stop: Anaheim, Calif., for the West regional semifinals Thursday night.
Parts of this game felt awfully familiar for Duke, which capped its run to the national championship last year with a dramatic two-point victory over Butler that wasn’t settled until Gordon Hayward’s halfcourt heave ricocheted off the glass and the iron at the buzzer.
One key difference: The eighth-seeded Wolverines (21-14) gave themselves a much cleaner look on their final shot.
Darius Morris zipped downcourt and put up a runner in the lane with 2 seconds left, but the shot bounced off the back iron and the rebound went to Smith at the buzzer.
Morris finished with 16 points to lead Michigan, which made seven 3-pointers — the most allowed by Duke in a month.
Kyrie Irving and Ryan Kelly scored 11 points apiece for the Blue Devils, who won their eighth straight game in the NCAA tournament.
“I don’t want to take this Duke jersey off. As simple as that,” Smith said. “Every game could be my last.”
“There will be a lot of guys who will win 900 games eventually, but to be the first two and for it to be a coach and his player to do it, it’s something very unique,” Krzyzewski said.
Hardaway scored 15 points, Evan Smotrycz had 13, Novak scored 12 and Jordan Morgan finished with 10 for the Wolverines, who don’t have a senior on the roster. They were denied their first trip to the round of 16 since 1994.