NCAA Tournament South Region predictions: North Carolina or bust

The Northwestern Wildcats react after being selected to play Vanderbilt in the first round of the NCAA tournament

The Northwestern Wildcats react after being selected to play Vanderbilt in the first round of the NCAA tournament

"It was great", he said, "because no one knew who we were, they didn't know we were national champions". The Tar Heels will cruise to victory.

The South Region is loaded. Baylor is poised to make a run as a No. 3 seed at the same time its football program has imploded because of a rape scandal that one lawsuit claims could have involved 31 different players over four years.

GREENVILLE - Grayson Allen had 21 points off five 3-pointers, Jayson Tatum had 18 points and 12 rebounds, and second-seeded Duke continued its ideal postseason with an 87-65 victory over Troy in the NCAA Tournament on Friday night to start the East Region. The game tip-off at 1:30 PM EST Friday in Bon Secours Wellness Arena. They kept up that pace in blowing past the 15th-seeded Trojans (22-15). Sunday, they'll take a trip to SC.

The Wildcats had failed to get past the first weekend in four consecutive NCAA appearances, and that was all they heard about before their six-game title run.

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

I'm showing zero love for the Big 12 Conference in this region.

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

Bluiett, a 6-foot-6 junior, is averaging 18.1 points and 5.8 rebounds. And garbage time in the NCAA tournament can wreak havoc on big favorites.

Ask me to come up with some sort of logical standing to reinforce my argument, and I really don't have anything for you.

Bad draw for No. 10 seed Oklahoma State. He scored 41 points in a conference tournament game.

Huggins hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give New Mexico State a 40-38 lead at the half. Yet Duke made its shots count, shooting a season-best 60.8 percent from the field. In addition, 11th-seeded Wake Forest was knocked out by Kansas State on Tuesday and another 11th seed will be knocked out on Wednesday when USC plays Providence.

The East Region sees two of the hottest teams in the country on a collision course for a matchup in the Regional Final as defending champ Villanova earned the No. 1 overall seed. Morris is averaging 16.3 points and 6.1 assists this season.

Temple hasn't appeared in the NCAA Tournament since 2011.

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He went 166-135 in his career, the second-worst winning percentage among coaches who lasted more than 100 games at IU. The other three were Louisville in 1985-1986, Missouri in 2002-2003, and Kentucky in 2011-2012.

This matchup features the massive frontcourt of Purdue led by Caleb "Biggie" Swanigan and Isaac Haas versus Iowa State's quick backcourt led by Monte Morris and Nazareth Mitrou-Long. "Wherever we're placed, we're just excited to play in a tournament like this". They've got some guys that have some experience in game environments. Zak Irvin and Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman each had 16.

"And score some points", allowed Allen. Duke University, for the uninitiated, is 10 miles from the University of North Carolina's campus, and the teams have been squaring off - often at college basketball's highest level - since 1920.

Upset special: No. 11 seed Rhode Island knocks off No. 3 seed OR and advances to the Sweet 16.

Duke won the battle of turnovers, forcing 17 and coughing it up just eight times.

Walton (pictured) hasn't really been talked about as one of the nation's top point guards, but he's playing as good as any PG in college basketball right now. They defeated No. 9 seed Miami, 78-53, in the quarterfinals but lost to No. 5 seed Duke, 93-83, in the semifinals of the tournament.

Iona star Jordan Washington gave his team a huge scare when he went down hard under Oregon's basket, screaming in pain and grabbing his lower left leg with 1:12 to go before halftime.

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.

MI nailed down a seven-seed as well as a Midwest site.

The Cardinals (25-8) have won five straight opening round games.

Villanova's Josh Hart may be a player of the year candidate, but he was not an elite recruit coming out of high school.

How in the world is Wisconsin an eight seed and Minnesota a five seed?

And it was a bigger challenge than most expected.

Troy is 11-2 ATS in its last 13 games as an underdog.

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