NCAA Tournament: Best 1-on-1 Matchups of the 1st Round


NCAA Tournament: Best 1-on-1 Matchups of the 1st Round

But Troy only lost by double digits three times this year.

Despite their flaws, it's hard to pick against Duke in March Madness.

For the next three weeks, you will hear the terms "bracket" and "cinderella" more than you would, collectively, for the next 11 months. If the NCAA Tournament plays to form of the betting odds, a rematch awaits.

Kansas State's Isaiah Maurice, left, and Wake Forest's John Collins, right, battle for a rebound in the first half of a First Four game of the NCAA college basketball tournament, Tuesday, March 14, 2017, in Dayton, Ohio.

TROY (22-15) Davis 0-2 0-0 0, Varnado 7-12 3-3 18, Person 5-10 3-3 15, Baker 2-9 0-0 5, Walker 2-6 2-2 6, Moreman 0-0 1-2 1, Hicks 6-9 2-2 14, Moravek 0-0 1-2 1, Ariri 0-0 0-0 0, Miller 0-0 0-0 0, Hollimon 2-9 0-0 5, Peace 0-2 0-0 0, Hopkins 0-0 0-0 0. The Shockers have reached the 30 wins mark for the 4th time over the last 5 season. SC and Marquette fans were trickling in for their first-round matchup, and there was only one person that got boos.

Duke won its 20th Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) tourney title, and first as merely a fifth seed. Both teams' roster stuns as Villanova boasts Big East Player of the Year in Josh Hart, the aforementioned Jenkins and Jalen Brunson. They have a couple proper villains in Coach Mike Krzyzewski and guard Grayson Allen. They feed off it, and we feed off it as a team.

In the Sweet 16, Duke would face Baylor if seeds hold.

Since the NCAA tournament expanded to 64 teams back in 1985, No. 2 seeds are 122-6 straight up in first-round matchups against No. 15 seeds. There also was that epidemic of disabled Duke players, starting with hotshot freshmen Jayson Tatum (sprained foot), Marques Bolden (lower leg) and Harry Giles (knee) missing the start of the season.

Louisville's defense ends the Spartans' run, as the Cardinals escape the Midwest and ease into the Final Four. "We're fine. We usually always play in front of a packed arena, and when we're on the road, we're always in an arena where people want to beat us". 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. A sleeper team in this region could be the Rhode Island Rams.

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Barford had 12 of his 20 points after halftime for the Razorbacks (26-9), the No. 8 seed in the South Region.

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. Kentucky possibly has gotten the worst draw of any potential title contender in this whole tournament-again.

Here's the best from the first full day of the NCAA Tournament. Head coach John Calipari is no stranger to deep tournament runs either, as he's taken three different schools (Massachusetts*, Memphis*, and Kentucky) to the Final Four.

"I mean, records are meant to be broken", he said, "and we have the confidence going into this game, that if we take care of things the way we're supposed to and handle ourselves in the manner that we can, why not?"

This information might point to a roster loaded with high level recruits and "one and done" National Basketball Association prospects.

I really like No. 2 seed Arizona to make it out of the West.

The NCAA Tournament is starting this week, driving college basketball fans insane as they fill out multiple brackets. And it's just to give the team that extra boost.

Adding another bitter twist to the situation is the fact that the first two rounds were originally slated to be played in Greensboro, just over 50 miles from Duke's Cameron Indoor Stadium. They do everything that a great program does; they just haven't broken through to that final weekend of the season just yet. So, essentially, it's just a fancy way of saying wildcat, which happens to be one of the more common nicknames in college sports. Coach Sean Miller has what could be deemed his most complete and explosive team in his tenure in Tuscon.



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