The Duke Blue Devils (28-8) are the No. 2 seed in the East Region, and will take on the No. 7 seed South Carolina (23-10). The game will be played at Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville at 8:40 p.m. E.T. on Sunday.
Preview: Duke took care of business against Troy on Friday with a dominating 87-65 victory in the first round. The Blue Devils are led by guard Luke Kennard, who averages 19.8 points per game.
South Carolina defeated Marquette 93-73, despite a one-point halftime deficit—resulting in South Carolina’s first tourney win since 1973. The Gamecocks are led by Sindarius Thornwell who averages 21.3 points per game.
Date: Sunday, March 19
Time: 8:40 p.m. E.T.
TV Channel: TNT
Location: Bon Secours Wellness Arena, Greenville, SC
Announcers: Brian Anderson, Chris Webber and Lewis Johnson
Opening Betting Line: Duke -7, via OddsShark
According to College Basketball Reference, Duke and South Carolina have met 50 times—with 38 of those matchups resulting in Duke victories. The Blue Devils have won the last two meetings, the most recent taking place in 20o1—an 81-56 Duke win.
Duke has appeared in the tournament 40 times, and the Blue Devils have advanced to 16 Final Fours. They have a tournament record of 107-35, and have won five national championships.
South Carolina has appeared in the tournament eight times, but the Gamecocks have never advanced to a Final Four. They have a tournament record of 4-9, and have won zero national championships.
Prediction: Duke cruises to another win and advances to the Round of 32. When the Blue Devils are on, they’re the best team in the country, and I think they steamroll a helpless South Carolina squad. This one is over by halftime. Duke by 15.