Published: Sun, March 19, 2017
Sport | By Scott Davis

Grayson Allen's transformed into the best sixth man in the US

Grayson Allen's transformed into the best sixth man in the US

DID YOU KNOW: North Carolina has a No. 1 seed for a record 16th time, holds an NCAA record with 19 Final Fours and is second in all-time tournament wins to Kentucky (117).

The victor of the game will advance to the second round on Sunday, March 19, to play against the victor of No. 8 Arkansas vs.

Troy did manage to cut the lead to a mere seven points before the end of the first half, even though the final margin was 87 to 65.

BIG DUCKS: Oregon has six players at 6-foot-3 or taller.

Luke Kennard warmed up Friday night for second-seeded Duke's first-round NCAA tournament game against Troy with several recognizable faces around him, including teammates Grayson Allen and Jayson Tatum. SC and Marquette fans were trickling in for their first-round matchup, and there was only one person that got boos.

The Trojans, they said, will be back. A matchup against No.10 Marquette or No.7 SC awaits Duke in the Round of 32 Sunday.

The Blue Devils shouldn't have any trouble in the first round against No.15 Troy, who is almost a 20-point underdog.

That run landed MI a 7th seed in the NCAA Tournament's Midwest region, where they'll take on 10th-seed Oklahoma State on Friday.

SMU's Shake Milton missed a floater at the buzzer.

From the Fab Five to the recent airplane accident, the Wolverines have always been a fun team to watch when adversity arises.

The Wildcats came up short in the semifinals of the BIG 12 tournament losing to West Virginia with 50-51.

"Coming off the bench doesn't really change the player that you are, necessarily", Allen said after the game. However, the Razorbacks will open their first round with a lot of confidence after winning 8 of their last 10 games.

Another intriguing matchup with a low spread will take place in the Midwest Region when the seventh-seeded Michigan Wolverines (24-11) meet the 10th-seeded Oklahoma State Cowboys (20-12) as three-point favorites in Indianapolis.

"None of those guys have done as good a job as Joel, shooting over 40 percent from the 3-point line", Williams said. North Carolina is too good.

Baylor held the Aggies to 37 percent shooting in the second half. From Adolph Rupp's Kentucky teams in the late 1940s to Mike Krzyzewski's Duke teams in the early 1990s, the NCAA Tournament annals are littered with examples of the same powers prevailing year after year.

The win ensures top seeds will remain ideal since the tournament expanded, with the schools now 132-0 against No. 16 seeds. Morris is averaging 16.3 points and 6.1 assists this season. The story line around the tournament a year ago was that the Tar Heels needed to win immediately because sanctions were on their way.

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.

March Madness is upon us and trying to break down the the 2017 NCAA Tournament bracket was as maddening as ever. They also went 7-3 against the spread down the stretch and covered in 20 of their 32 lined games on the season.

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.

"And score some points", Allen added.

Kuran Iverson scored 17 points and Hassan Martin had 12 points and eight rebounds as 11th-seeded Rhode Island (25-9) earned its ninth straight victory. This NCAA Tournament may be the biggest stage the senior plays on for the rest of his career.

Villanova's Josh Hart, right, drives past Creighton's Marcus Foster during an NCAA college basketball game in the final of the Big East men's tournament in NY. Duke's eight losses prior to the ACC Tournament were their second-most in a decade, putting them at fifth in the ACC standings. And it's just to give the team that extra boost. Sophomore forward Jordan Varnado had a nice game as well, scoring 18 and grabbing 10 rebounds in the loss.

Michigan State landed in the same region as UM as a nine-seed.

And it was a bigger challenge than most expected.

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