Duke vs UNCW Thursday NCAAB

by Alfonso Matthews Marcha 17, 2016, 17:48
Duke vs UNCW Thursday NCAAB

Last time in the NCAA Tournament: 2015. "Even though you're excited about the tournament, you're not giddy". "I'm trying to make my own name and I just try to do what I do well".

UNCW will make its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 2006.

Between now and April 4, 67 games will be played in the 2016 NCAA March Madness tournament. Duke is obviously a popular team and Wilmington is not, which automatically gives this one a feel of a game that could be a blowout.

 UNC Wilmington sits in an enviable place — on college basketball's biggest stage against the defending national champion.

The fourth-seeded Duke Blue Devils will take on the 13-seeded UNC-Wilmington Seahawks in the NCAA Tournament on Thursday. Head Coach Kevin Keatts, redshirt senior Craig Ponder, and redshirt juniors Denzel Ingram and Chris Flemmings all answered questions.

Shortly, fans will see what this year's tournament has in store. Don't know which teams to believe in, in this insane college hoops season? Duke also plays small ball, but their small ball four is ACC Freshman of the Year Brandon Ingram. There is plenty of offensive firepower with sophomore guard Grayson Allen (21.6 points) leading the way, but two of the team's top three - Brandon Ingram (16.8 points, 6.8 rebounds) and Luke Kennard (11.9 points) - are freshmen who are unproven on the big stage. We've got your back. The Irish advance to the second round, where they'll fall victim to Bob Huggins and his "Press Virginia" defense. So for us, we have to be sharp. "The thing I think we may have to our advantages I think we have a little more quickness".

"You wouldn't be a so-called mid-major or someone from a one-bid league unless you've won a lot, unless you're good, unless you're together, unless you're well-coached", Krzyzewski said. "But can they beat us? They can definitely beat us". We prepare for them with that level of respect and preparation. Of their seven losses, five were decided by five points or less, so they are capable of keeping this one close.

On the season, Duke averages 81.5 points, 36.3 rebounds and 13.5 assists per game.

"I think mentally we're good", Krzyzewski said. There's never you have your mind on other things - he loves playing basketball. Our guys have had that opportunity. Allen has played fewer than 30 minutes in just one of 24 games since Jefferson's injury - and that was a 105-66 blowout win against Elon. North Carolina won 76-72. If UNC Wilmington wants a piece of it, the Seahawks aren't saying. Call it a blessing of sorts.

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