Otherwise, No. 1 North Carolina, No. 2 Kentucky and No. 3 UCLA will move on. In fact, the Blue Devils are coming off one of their worst regular seasons of the last few years. That being said, United Kingdom has the talent (Malik Monk, De'Aaron Fox, Bam Adebayo) to make it out of arguably the toughest region of the bracket (No.1 North Carolina and No. 3 UCLA come to mind).

The Blue Devils (29-7) became the first team to win four games on the way to the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament crown last week. 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 Devils were down by as many as eight points, midway in the second half.

The upset alert button will be ready for 10th-seeded Wichita State against seventh-seeded Dayton in the South Region.

Nipper the Newshound, played by NPR staffer Becky Harlan, talks to the hosts during NPR Live's NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament show.

One minor area of cancern was foul shots: Duke hit just under 70% (16-23). The same is true for No. 3 UCLA.

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.

To the uninitiated, that means Louisville should try to make a Final Four run while it still can. "'We can score at a high rate, so it's not too many teams out there that can match that".

They share a bracket with No. 1 seed and defending national champion Villanova, and if the top seeds advance to next week, Duke could meet the Wildcats.

Historically, the NCAA Tournament has not built its legacy on 1-on-1 player matchups.

The Blue Devils are one of the hottest teams in the nation, finally getting healthy and rolling through the ACC tournament on their way to a championship. Injuries to Tatum and freshman Henry Giles and Krzyzewski's back injury hurt the team's cohesion, but the Blue Devils seem to be rolling now.

North Carolina came within four seconds of taking Villanova to overtime in last year's final game before Jenkins' three-point heave splashed through the net. He averaged 14.6 points, shooting 54 percent from the field and 41 percent from downtown. If teammate Jayson Tatum is using the tournament to prove why he's a top-three pick (much like he did Friday night), then Allen can also take advantage of it.

Varnado posted 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Trojans, while Person finished with 15 points. Not a single team in the country can bring a former championship-game hero off its bench. The 2010 Blue Devils' roster was filled with upperclassmen before Krzyzewski embraced the one-and-done nature of modern college basketball with the 2015 team. Seton Hall knew that, and that's why they had to prepare for Villanova's best shot in the second half.

Not every national title contender plays elite defense, but most are at least respectable.

Kennard said Thornwell is "close to the top" of the best players Duke's faced this season.

The Blue Devils could have an especially hard time against teams like Villanova and Marquette, who put up a lot of points. The ability to have multiple guys take over a game on any given night is so crucial in the tournament, and UNC has three or four workhorses that can overwhelm opposing defenses.

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

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. They were overshadowed by sixth-ranked North Carolina for most of this season.

The #6 Cincinnati Bearcats (29-5) will go against the play-in game victor Kansas State Wildcats in the first round of the NCAA tournament.


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