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NCAA Tournament 2017, Duke vs Troy: Highlights, score and recap

NCAA Tournament 2017, Duke vs Troy: Highlights, score and recap

Let's settle the age-old question of March Madness.

"It was a good start to the tournament, and (I'm) excited to get back here on Sunday", said Brent Coiner, a Duke fan. "But that would be one game that everybody will be watching". Everyone seems to be asking, "Who is the hottest team entering the NCAA tournament?".

Troy hung around a long time but never really threatened and at the end of the game, when Javin DeLaurier lost the ball on a fast break only to see it go in anyway, well, it just sort of fit the evening pretty well.

The Blue Devils don't always need help in this department, of course. This year's field has multiple championship caliber teams, but one team stands out from the rest: The University of North Carolina.

The Tigers (21-10), the No. 6 seed in the Stockton, Calif., regional, tip-off against No. 11-seed South Florida (24-8) at 4 p.m. Friday. Later the Tar Heels (27-7) play Texas Southern. No. 2 seed Kentucky in the Sweet 16 should be epic if grossly underseeded (No. 10) Wichita State doesn't shock the basketball world and knock off the Wildcats in the second round.

The freshman clearly came to play. "And he leads their team in everything, but then he's their leader". Morris is averaging 16.3 points and 6.1 assists this season. "You like playing in a game where you hear the crowd noise and it brings energy to you". He blocked a N.D. drive, then dribbled the length of the court for a layup and three-point lead with 1:33 remaining.

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Duke had an average year compared to its lofty standards.

That's what Duke now has in Grayson Allen, their lightning-rod of a reserve.

Bilas agrees the 3-pointer has improved the quality of the game.

Tatum told media that defense was the best facet of all, in the title victory. The Blue Devils hit a 3-pointer on the game's opening possession, had 10 3-pointers by halftime and finished with 13.

After last season's dream sequence of late-game shots concluding with the three-point dagger by Villanova's Kris Jenkins in the National Championship Game against North Carolina, it will be hard to eclipse that for most fans. Duke withstood a ferocious Clemson comeback in its opener, to win by seven.

But Troy pulled within nine with 14 1/2 minutes left in the second half on a Person dunk.

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The #14 Kent State Golden Flashes (22-13) took down Akron with 70-65 winning the MAC Conference tournament in style and claiming the first NCAA big since 2008.

"It's kind of felt the same", senior forward Reggie Upshaw said. "It's who you beat". Those teams happen to be seeded 11th and will face each other with the winners getting to face 6-seeds in the next round. UNC won 90-83 on March 4. Frank Jackson replaced Allen in the starting lineup late in the year, because of Allen's nagging ankle injury.

USC also rallied from a big deficit in the second half in its First Four win over Providence.

More important though was the play of Jayson Tatum. "Whatever Coach sees fit, and it's up to us to make it work". "We're on fumes." His Duke squads were ACC regular-season champs 12 times. He won national titles in 1991, '92, 2001, '10 and '15. Health-wise between their players and Coach K, everybody is back.

But in between, the Devils greatly improved with Coach K's return.

North Carolina fans may not have liked it, but it was the flawless end to a wild tournament filled with upsets and great games. That designation belongs to Luke Kennard, who was the only unanimous selection to this year's All-ACC first team.

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Norbertas Giga scored 30 points for 15th-seeded Jacksonville State (20-15), which was one of a record five teams making their first tourney appearance. The Demon Deacons duel with Kansas State in a play-in game Tuesday.


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