Troy Trojans vs. Duke Blue Devils: Odds, Analysis, March Madness Betting Pick

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It'll be no different this year, as this matchup has all the right makings for an upset. Jackson, who scored a team-high 21 points, called Coker's reverse "the play of the game".

Duke finished with 13 3-pointers, its highest total in nine games since hitting the same amount in a win over Wake Forest on February 18.

Gonzaga has plenty of big bodies to utilize against Daum in Thursday's 1-vs. The biggest of those bodies is Karnowski, a 7-footer who has about 50 pounds on Daum. It worked out for the Golden Flashes; he leads them with 18.9 points, 10.5 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.4 blocks per game.

Trimble and Bluiett (pictured) have their names in some pretty exclusive company: Trimble is on both the Wooden Award and Naismith Trophy national player of the year watch lists, and he's a candidate for the Bob Cousy Award as the nation's top point guard; Bluiett began the season on the Wooden watch list and is still up for the Julius Erving Award as the nation's top small forward. "You know, as far as just our preparation and stuff like that, I feel like it's all been the same". Those teams don't remind me of a "blue-collar" attitude that meets my subjective grading scale.

Bluiett, a 6-foot-6 junior, is averaging 18.1 points and 5.8 rebounds.

Jones finished with 14 points off three three-pointers and Jackson had 12 with two three-pointers.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - With star big man Chris Boucher cheering in a bulky knee brace from the sidelines, Tyler Dorsey scored 24 points to lead four players in double figures, and No. 3 seed OR beat 14th-seeded Iona 93-77 in the first-round of the NCAA Tournament's Midwest Region. The Shockers most recently claimed the MVC conference title, defeating Bradley, Missouri State and Illinois State in the title game with 71-51. But a knee injury ended his sophomore year early.

"And score some points", Krzyzewski injected.

Let's settle the age-old question of March Madness. "We've got to take care of the job".

As you can see, DeLaurier anticipated a steal attempt from a Troy player on his path to the rim and in the process, he lost the handle on the ball.

The Boilermakers need to get off to a hot start because they will have a hard time making up points against Iowa State's explosive offense.

Texans trying to trade for Patriots CB Malcolm Butler
New Orleans now has two first-round selections in a very deep draft, so they can use those picks to improve their woeful defense. He was linked to the Titans and Eagles in early March trade rumors before he was finally dealt to the Patriots this past Friday.

No.8 Wisconsin, No.5 Virginia and No.4 Florida are hoping to upset Villanova before the regional final.

Not only is Middle Tennessee State capable of beating Minnesota in Round 1, but the Butler/Winthrop victor in the second round.

Walton's name doesn't pop up on most National Basketball Association mock draft boards.

To the uninitiated, that means Louisville should try to make a Final Four run while it still can.

Duke came out with focus and intensity and took out a game Troy team 87-65. The same is true for No. 11 Kansas State over No. 6 Cincinnati.

"I think it gives us a good boost of confidence", guard Rebecca Greenwell said. This year, it's another Big Ten team facing 12th-seeded Middle Tennessee in fifth-seeded Minnesota. Coker, the North Carolina senior guard, said in the Tar Heels' locker room after their 103-64 victory against Texas Southern on Friday night in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

"Well, coming off the bench doesn't really change the player that you are, necessarily", Allen said of his role, the kind of line he's repeated for weeks. It bothers you that you're not at least bothering him. On the other hand, the Owls and their high-pressure defense allow opponents to shoot less than 30 percent from beyond the arc. (Sorry to my Sun Belt brethren).

There might not be one certain turning point, Allen said, because the season has been so much of a roller coaster. The Pirates play in the always tough Big East, home of defending national champion Villanova and a league that got seven bids to the Big Dance.

Jayson Tatum has emerged as arguably the best freshman in college basketball, and he appears well on his way to being a top-five pick in the NBA draft.

But Allen and his teammates seem to have put the negativity behind them. The Blue Devils won 12 of their last 15, though, and enter the tournament on a roll having just defeated Notre Dame in the ACC Championship.

There's little chance Duke decides to move to the zone in a majority or even a quarter of its possessions, but don't be shocked if the Blue Devils start showing the look more frequently for the duration of their stay in the tournament.

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