Duke shows continued growth in 87-65 NCAA First Round win

Duke shows continued growth in 87-65 NCAA First Round win”

"It was good to have a chance to come here and play in the tournament", Person said. Krzyzewski suspended Allen for a game earlier this season, controversy has seemed to follow the junior guard from arena to arena, Allen kept pushing the limits and alternating between enraging opposing fans and averaging 14.1 points to help break their hearts. Duke is coming off from an ACC Championship win over Notre Dame, 75-69, while the Trojans are coming off from a Sun Belt Championship victory over Texas State, 59-53.

The Blue Devils will have had almost two full weeks off since their last game, a loss to Notre Dame in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament title game on March 5. After that, the gloves come off.

By the time Duke met Troy Friday night, the Tar Heel crowd sharing this subregional had already cleared out of Bon Secours Wellness Arena.

Duke should absolutely cruise here.

Person and Varnado are the lynchpin of Troy's success this year. The Trojans are playing terrific basketball right now, grabbing the Sun Belt's auto-bid as the 6-seed after league favorite UT-Arlington was bounced from the conference tournament in the semifinals.

So Troy is making its first appearance in the NCAA tournament since 2003. They've faced off in nearly every imaginable scenario, the Tar Heels with a 25-win series advantage, but they have somehow never run into each other in the NCAA tournament. This year, these games were set for Greensboro until the NCAA's ban on championships because of the state's controversial HB2 bill. "He comes off the bench, but he's always in the game at the end of the game".

The Duke Blue Devils are peaking at the right time and will finish the season cutting down the nets at University of Phoenix Stadium. They will face No. 7 seed SC on Sunday.

Injuries continued to plague Duke, touching its 6-5 star junior guard Grayson Allen (foot/ankle), its fifth-year 6-8 forward and team captain Amile Jefferson (bruised bone in foot), and its Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski, who missed seven games after having back surgery on January 6.

Duke is next slated to face seventh-seed SC or tenth-seeded Marquette.

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Local teams, Iona (New Rochelle), seeded 14, and Seton Hall (South Orange, N.J.), seeded 9, are two of the 68 in the men's division. When the game was over and Duke began celebrating, Mitchell said he and Adel watched quietly, thinking about how the Cards could have been in the same position as the Blue Devils if they had come to Brooklyn with a greater sense of urgency.

Baylor, meanwhile, has its best roster since 2012, when Scott Drew led the Bears to the Elite Eight.

Fact to consider regarding Providence: Every year since the First Four was put in place, at least one 11-seed has won its first two games and in some years been able to continue that run on into the Final Four. "We won that game because we started getting stops".

And now things get tough for Duke. He's also made a team-leading 46 three-pointers.

Duke knocked down 13 threes, led by Grayson Allen with five.

Keeping all of that in mind, my picks in the regional finals are Duke over Villanova, Arizona over Notre Dame, Kansas over MI and North Carolina over Kentucky. "It was a 20-point game, but it was a hard 20-point game because they played so hard". No team in the tournament has that kind of firepower.

"In the second half, we started playing defense, and when we start playing defense, our offense is usually better", said Jefferson, Duke's other co-captain, who is a graduate student. The Wildcats don't put up the same total numbers due to their pace but rate as the No. 2 most efficient offense in the country. I think that's my big focus.

Speaking of Tatum, he's become the best player in the nation in the last three weeks by hitting huge shot after huge shot for the Blue Devils.

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