Duke went 2-1 over North Carolina on the season and won the ACC Tournament. This year, it's another Big Ten team facing 12th-seeded Middle Tennessee in fifth-seeded Minnesota.
That run landed MI a 7th seed in the NCAA Tournament's Midwest region, where they'll take on 10th-seed Oklahoma State on Friday.
"They don't do it in the tournament?" he asked. It was the first double-double by a freshman in the Blue Devils' NCAA tournament opener since Danny Ferry did it in 1986.
"Early" is a relative term depending on the team, but the Zags' season will end in the Sweet 16 against West Virginia. At this point, you're just going to get so much energy from the outside, from how big the games are-win or go home-from the media, the crowd. Kansas, Duke and Villanova are around 13,000 with Florida and MI - who are not top seeds - coming in at around 11,000 mentions.
UNC point guard Joel Berry tweaked his ankle midway through the game, and when asked about Berry's status, Williams unleashed a few jokes.
Additionally, Coach K earned another NCAA Tournament win and lengthened his lead on the all-time list in the process. More precisely, it would have triggered the promotion in which Bojangles sells biscuits at a discount whenever the Tar Heels score 100 points.
It's not hard to see why Duke was voted the No.1 team in the preseason AP Top 25, receiving 58 of a possible 65 first-place votes. Freshmen Jayson Tatum, No. 1 recruit Harry Giles and Marques Bolden were all hurt when the season started.
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Even so, that may not be enough to lure Hightower away; after all, he has won two Super Bowls with the Patriots during his tenure. According to CBS Sports' Jason LaCanfora, the Jets are one of the favorites to land Hightower.
We alluded to the Blue Raiders' upset of Michigan State past year. The Big South player of the year averages 22.5 points per game. They're an experienced and talented club, whose two best players (Bronson Koenig and Nigel Hayes) both played major roles on back-to-back Final Four teams in 2014 and 2015.
His first couple of minutes were mostly uneventful, even if he did make two free throws with about 2 ½ minutes remaining. When Villanova was shooting 20 percent in the first half, The Mount needed to build a bigger lead if it wanted any chance to win.
New Orleans' Nate Frye, left, defends against Mount St. Mary's Junior Robinson during a First Four game of the NCAA college basketball tournament on March 14, 2017.
The NCAA made it easy for the Blue Devils and Tar Heels faithful.
The 2-3 is one of many defensive looks the Blue Devils practice, but according to Jones, there's never a particular time or situation they plan to switch into it. Proven to be one of the top mid-major programs in the country, 12-seeded UNCW is looking for its first NCAA tournament victory since 2002. The Norse are entering this contest as the underdogs but still claiming the Horizon League Championship title which gives them a lot of confidence facing the mighty Cats.
"Another great game. Holy mackerel", said Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski. The Blue Devils have given up at least 77 points in seven of their eight losses, and they can be upset if their offense is struggling. Of course, this kind of takes some of the fun out of picking your March Madness brackets. With three consecutive wins over top-20 opponents, the Blue Devils appear to be peaking at the ideal time.
There is no timeline on when North Carolina will make a decision on Berry's status, or if that decision will be announced publicly before tipoff. Duke has endured numerous injuries, along with the one-game suspension and continued scrutiny surrounding star guard Grayson Allen's apparent propensity for tripping opponents, and had dropped three of four heading into the ACC tournament.