The second-seeded Blue Devils take on No. 7 seed Rhode Island in the second round of the Midwest Region at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh on Saturday.
Preview: Second-seeded Duke lit it up in its first-round game against No. 15 Iona. The Blue Devils made 13 three-pointers, shot 53.7 percent from the field and had four players in double figures in an 89-67 win.
Marvin Bagley III scored a game-high 22 points, with Trevon Duval chipping in with 19 and Gary Trent Jr. and Grayson Allen 16 apiece.
Rhode Island played the first game of this year's tournament, beating Oklahoma 83-78 in overtime. The Rams made 11-of-28 three-pointers and forced Oklahoma star Trae Young into six turnovers.
E.C. Matthews led four Rams in double-digits with 16 points. Matthews, Jared Terrell and Fatts Russell each made three three-pointers.
Date: Saturday, March 17
Time: 2:30 PM ET
TV Channel: CBS
Location: PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Announcers: Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller, Dan Bonner, Dana Jacobson
Opening Betting Line: Duke by 9.5 via 5Dimes
Preview: This should be an excellent matchup. Duke has so much offensive firepower and two great big men in Bagley III and Wendell Carter Jr. If Duke shoots the ball as well as it did today, they will be tough to stop.
On the other hand, Rhode Island has six very capable guards. They could wreak havoc on Duke's inconsistent backcourt and have the outside shooting ability to break Duke's zone.
URI coach Danny Hurley is the brother of former Duke legend Bobby Hurley. Get ready to hear this a lot over the next two days.
Can Danny beat big brother's alma mater? He can, but we're going to lean slightly to Duke due to size and the fact URI played an overtime game in Round 1.
Duke is the pick.