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Houston vs Duke: Cougars fall to Blue Devils in Sweet 16, 51-54

HOUSTON - The University of Houston Cougars will not be advancing in the NCAA Tournament after being defeated by the Duke University Blue Devils in the Sweet 16.

After a tough round in Dallas, the Cougars lost 51-54 on Friday and missed out on the chance to move on to the Elite 8.

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<div>DALLAS, TEXAS - MARCH 29: Duke Blue Devils and Houston Cougars look for a rebound during the Sweet Sixteen round of the 2024 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament held at American Airlines Center on March 29, 2024 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Andy Hancock/NCAA Photos/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)</div>
DALLAS, TEXAS - MARCH 29: Duke Blue Devils and Houston Cougars look for a rebound during the Sweet Sixteen round of the 2024 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament held at American Airlines Center on March 29, 2024 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Andy Hancock/NCAA Photos/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)

For Friday's game, Houston's defense was too much for Duke early on with two possessions and two turnovers.

Point guard Jamal Shead walked off the court and had a severely sprained ankle. According to FOX 26 Sports Director Will Kunkel, he had his ankle tightly taped.

Houston had a 16-10 lead when Shead left with the injury, which quickly changed when Duke began to lead at halftime.