Posted: Mar 28, 2010 6:34 PM
HOUSTON (AP) - Nolan Smith scored 29 points and Duke returned to the Final Four for the first time in six years by beating Baylor 78-71 on Sunday in the South Regional final, ending the Bears' road to college basketball redemption.
Jon Scheyer added 20 for the Blue Devils (33-5), the only No. 1 seed to advance to Indianapolis. It is their 11th trip to the Final Four under coach Mike Krzyzewski.
Duke will be playing in the national semifinals for the first time since 2004, against East Regional champion West Virginia. The Blue Devils have won 11 of their last 12 regional finals under coach Krzyzewski, but haven't won a national title since 2001.
Smith and Scheyer helped Duke offset a poor game from junior forward Kyle Singler, who was 0 for 10 from the field and only made five free throws. It was the first time in his college career he failed to hit a field goal.
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