Duke earns No. 2 seed in the East
Janice Sanchez | March 14, 2017, 0:32
Duke earns No. 2 seed in the East
The ninth-ranked Blue Devils (27-5) earned their first top-10 ranking in two years just in time for the NCAA Tournament, and are in line to host a four-team subregional as a top-16 overall seed when the bracket is revealed Monday night.
Some argued Duke should have been a No. 1 seed after beating North Carolina twice in three meetings. "They worked their way up". They won their first game in the 2016 quarterfinals before a loss in the semifinals to eventual champion North Carolina. "But they couldn't go further than No. 2".
For all the excitement surrounding championship week, there wasn't much drama in regards to the No. 1 seeds in the 2017 NCAA Tournament. Allen found his groove, but more importantly, freshman forward Jayson Tatum solidified himself as one of the premier players in the country with a lethal all-around game, and Harry Giles finally began to look like the No. 1 recruit in that freshman class and giving the Blue Devils much needed depth up front. He is 26-0 in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
Yes, North Carolina won the ACC. Despite a pair of hat tricks from junior Maddie Crutchfield and senior Kyra Harney, the Blue Devils could not close the gap after the Cardinals' red-hot start, falling 11-8 in their first true road game of the season.
College basketball teams across the United States are about to find out how impressive their seasons really were. I love Villanova's sophomore point guard Jalen Brunson, but Duke is finally healthy and peaking at the right time.
The turnover-to-assist ratio by Cincinnati guard Troy Caupain, ranking No. 3 in the nation. He grabbed 11 defensive rebounds total. With that said, let's take a look at Duke's March Madness schedule and what they need to do to ultimately cut the net in Phoenix. There is still a danger that they will become entitled again if they are given the one seed. They won as a No. 15 seed past year, knocking off Michigan State in the first round before falling to eventual Final Four participate Syracuse.
How Wichita State got stuck with a 10th seed needs some explaining.
Derrick Walton Jr. had 29 points, nine assists and five rebounds to carry eighth-seeded MI into the title game with an 84-77 victory over fourth-seeded Minnesota.
No. 3 seed Baylor minus-13 vs. Dan Muller's squad went 25-5 and tied for the Missouri Valley Conference regular season championship with a 17-1 record.
The first favorite of the NCAA Tournament is. the New Orleans Privateers.
Boeheim, you'll recall, once lamented the lack of restaurants in Greensboro - the traditional site for the ACC Tournament - compared to Syracuse's history of playing the Big East Tournament in NY.
Arizona - coming off a massive win over OR in the Pac-12 title game - is another team that could get a serious look. As for Creighton they Lost their Star Player in Maurice Watson Jr for the season. Their 10-game winning streak soon followed.
Middle Tennessee, a year after upsetting Michigan State as a 15 seed, is back and could easily pull off another upset over Minnesota.
In their first tournament game in 21 years, the Southland Conference Tournament champions lay 1.5 points to Mount Saint Mary's, which prevailed in the Northeast Conference Tournament, at 3:40 Tuesday afternoon in Dayton, Ohio. Kentucky, though, is 2-4 against the top teams, including home losses to both Kansas and UCLA.