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March 28 2017, 02:26 | Van Peters
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As I watch the tournament I'll be keeping my eye on the matchups that will feature one of those land-grant universities. Tom Izzo does it every five years.
This year is no different.
Out of spite from previous year, I have Miami beating MSU today in an 8-9 match-up.
No. 1 Gonzaga vs.
There is only one question fans care about when discussing the West Region. The biggest of those bodies is Karnowski, a 7-footer who has about 50 pounds on Daum.
Despite a poor shooting day, freshman Jayson Tatum held his own inside to finish with a double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds.
A 21-point-per-game scorer past year, Allen has gone from off-ball to more of a point guard role this season. "That's when you just rally around each other". "It gets back to the impact that guards have when you have that extra point and the willingness of the coaches to go for the 3-point shot because it's an extra point". The Demon Deacons duel with Kansas State in a play-in game Tuesday.
Perhaps Allen's biggest shot of the night came right before the halftime buzzer, when he nailed a 3-pointer from the top of the key to give Duke a 52-38 lead at the break. Michigan State is 8-1 SU and ATS in its last nine after losing the previous game in a matchup. Marshall (pictured) scored 38 points in his junior season opener, but soon after was suspended and chose to leave the program.
Morris, meanwhile, has been as consistent as it gets throughout his college career. But Troy only lost by double digits three times this year. Morris is averaging 16.3 points and 6.1 assists this season. I've got an Iowa State-Michigan regional final.
It is based simply on how the tournament selection committee fills out the bracket, and something that was changed for the 2016 NCAA Tournament. Bookies in Las Vegas like the Tar Heels' chances, too, making them one of the top picks for the title.
Walton's name doesn't pop up on most National Basketball Association mock draft boards. 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.
Seton Hall responded by tying the game at 41 on Madison Jones' free throw, and they took the lead on Khadeen Carrington's three-pointer, giving them a 44-41 lead. "I don't think it will hurt us". The Cyclones have a dominant senior point guard, two sharpshooting seniors that can carry a team and a freakish athlete in Deonte Burton, who is another senior.
"The best, unheralded, great player in the United States is Thornwell", Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said.
The Owls went to eight straight NCAA Tournaments from 2004-11 but hadn't been invited again until now, after they finished second to No. 1 CT in the American Athletic Conference Tournament.
If we take a look back at the Tar Heels' matchup against the Duke Blue Devils on March 4, Jackson was ice cold for the majority of the game, shooting 6 for 17, including 1 of 7 from behind the arc.
It was the seventh consecutive game Allen entered after starting the night on the bench, after Allen missed Duke's February 25 game against Miami.
The problems in college basketball are, of course, nothing new. I'm hopeful that he will play. It bothers you that you're not at least bothering him.
"It sets our expectations super high", junior guard Wesley Person Jr. said.
"We enjoyed the ride we had in the conference tournament and regular season", Varnado said.
Allen's season was looking like a disaster for a while.
The Tar Heels have talked all season about getting back to the NCAA title game after losing to Villanova on a last-second 3-pointer in their championship matchup previous year.
But Allen and his teammates seem to have put the negativity behind them.
The South Region is North Carolina's to lose.
The Ducks (30-5) showed they have depth and sheer athleticism to make a special March run, just as coach Dana Altman hoped this week when he challenged role players to make larger contributions in shot-blocker Boucher's absence.
Bennie Boatright and Chimezie Metu each added 14 for USC, which advances to play Baylor in the second round of the East region on Sunday.