NCAA Tournament South Region predictions: North Carolina or bust

NCAA Tournament South Region predictions: North Carolina or bust

Those guys are clutch players, and finally, both Duke and UConn earned top-three seeds in the tournament, the only difference being that Duke is a second seed in this year's tournament. He started out 5-5 from the field, hitting four 3's and picking up a few assists.

Staff and faculty can cheer on the ninth-ranked Duke women's basketball team Saturday when the Blue Devils take on Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament champion Hampton during the first round of the NCAA tournament in Cameron Indoor Stadium. Kennard picked Duke (28-8) up early in the season when it was devastated by injuries, and he's carried that over all season to become one of the faces of the NCAA tournament.

Duke (27-8) lost three of its last four games during the regular season to finish 11-7 in ACC play. That included his layup off Khadeen Carrington's turnover at the other end, pushing Arkansas ahead for good as the Razorbacks scored the game's final seven points.

The NCAA Tournament is underway, and it's one of my favorite sports stretches of the year. They kept up that pace in blowing past the 15th-seeded Trojans (22-15). The Devils were down by as many as eight points, midway in the second half.

The Trojans trailed by as many as 15 early on but found their footing once Duke's defensive intensity dipped, led by leading scorer Jordan Varnado.

SMU's Shake Milton missed a floater at the buzzer. Kennard and Allen average a combined five three-point shots made per game.

Whether you're a Bobcat, Colonial, Catamount or Bulldog, there's almost no doubt you've heard of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament that kicks off in full on Thursday.

"Coming off the bench doesn't really change the player you are, necessarily".

The #11 Kansas State Wildcats (21-13) will not have a lot of time to rest after playing in the First Four Round on Tuesday against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons and defeating them with 95-88, advancing into the Round of 64.

Despite the fact that Duke is the two-seed, the seventh-seeded Gamecocks will play 103.7 miles from their home arena. Foster lasted six seasons and never reached the NCAA tournament.

The win ensures top seeds will remain ideal since the tournament expanded, with the schools now 132-0 against No. 16 seeds.

The Tar Heels are coached by one of the greatest leaders in the nation in Roy Williams and his postseason success shouldn't go unnoticed. Will Iowa State get upset by Nevada? The Blue Devils also won a pair of games at the site in 2002 on its way to the Sweet 16.

"And score some points", Allen added. In terms of great theater, pound for pound, the NCAA Tournament gives you more thrills than any American sporting event. A quarter century ago NCAA investigators worked overtime to make sure Jerry Tarkanian and his UNLV Runnin' Rebels would be knocked off their throne rather than give the tournament a bad name.

The Spartans were upset past year in the first round as a No. 2 seed and hope to make up for that by taking out the Hurricanes, who are just 4-14 ATS in their last 18 games as favorites.

The Blue Devils went on a magical run in Brooklyn to capture the ACC Tournament crown. I just don't think the Cowboys have what it takes to thwart a MI team which has won 10 of its last 12 games and appears to really be rolling. Averaging 16.9 points and 7.3 rebounds per game, the forward continues to get better with each game.

MI vs. Oklahoma State, Midwest Region, Friday in Indianapolis.

With Seton Hall hanging on to a 53-52 lead, Jenkins attempted a 3-pointer with 13 seconds to go in the game.

And it was a bigger challenge than most expected. Half (10) of those crowns in the new millennium including in nine of its first 12 years.

But, if I was forced to take a side in the higher-lower seed argument.

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