Published: Sun, March 19, 2017
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

The epicenter of Duke basketball hatred is an arena in Greenville, SC

The epicenter of Duke basketball hatred is an arena in Greenville, SC

From chokers to champions. A matchup against No.10 Marquette or No.7 SC awaits Duke in the Round of 32 Sunday.

"Obviously, we would like to repeat", said senior center Darryl Reynolds.

The senior was at his best in Friday night's 93-73 win over Marquette, the first NCAA win for USC in 44 years, with 29 points and 11 rebounds.

The Wildcats know all about falling flat. Rather, it was the four teams that were last voted into the tournament by the committee.

Troy (22-15) was making just the second NCAA Tournament appearance in school history and hopes this year's piece of March Madness stokes future excitement. Jalen Brunson scored five of his 13 points in the first half, Josh Hart scored five of his 13 points in the first half and Kris Jenkins scored one of his four points in the first half.

The pressure is different this time around.

He set an NCAA single-season record for assist-to-turnover ratio as a freshman, and went on to lead the nation in that same stat three more times.

For perennial women's basketball power Duke, the wait only felt longer. Both of them are challenging. "We're going to work hard in the offseason to get ready".

We submitted the bracket chosen by the audience to ESPN (as of Wednesday afternoon, we were already eliminated from flawless bracket contention since the audience chose Wake Forest over Kansas State in the First Four matchup from Tuesday evening).

If you really want to feel good about college athletics, there are 12 tournament teams who graduated all of their players.

Sean Miller's Wildcats are rolling into tournament play fresh off an upset Pac-12 Title, and are finally at full strength. The man, like his coach - Krzyzewski rarely walks onto the floor before games alongside his follow coaches, preferring to enter a little later and alone - likes to make an entrance. There are no prizes being given, but you will be able to tout your picking prowess should you come out on top.

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A 21-point-per-game scorer previous year, Allen has gone from off-ball to more of a point guard role this season.

The #15 Northern Kentucky Norse (24-10) will go against their in-state rivals in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

In addition to being unbeaten at home this season, Duke is also ideal in situations like it will face on Saturday night. The first weekend is the best as there are potential upsets to intrigue me even though the favored higher seeds generally prevail.

But the team was struggling to the point that Krzyzewski was so perturbed with the effort of his players, he barred them from the locker room and wouldn't let them wear Duke clothing.

"We wanted to come out and play well and really build momentum for us", sophomore Luke Maye said, "and I think we did that".

The Kentucky freshman carried the 'Cats to a third straight SEC Tournament title (he won tournament MVP too). Matt Farrell is a smart point guard that can win games for the Fighting Irish.

The 13th-seeded Buccaneers might be perfectly suited for an upset. They're all back, and for the most part, they've been together since Krzyzewski returned to the Blue Devils bench in early February for a home game against Pitt.

Duke certainly found itself last week in the ACC Tournament.

VIRGINIA-UNC WILMINGTON: The Cavaliers and Seahawks bring drastically contrasting styles. While fans have occasionally been fortunate enough to get Magic vs. Bird, Ewing vs. Olajuwon or Webber vs. Laettner, the primary appeal of the Big Dance is that whole "name on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back" narrative that focuses on teams, tradition and fans more than individual stars.

"When I'm on the sidelines to start the game, I can definitely see how the game's going, what's open, what the defense is doing, what we need to do on offense and what's being successful for the other team", said Allen, who also had five rebounds and four steals.

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