The Duke Blue Devils aren’t the same team they were a year ago, and that isn’t necessarily a good thing. Being as talented as they were a year ago or not, they will enter the 2016 NCAA tournament with a No. 4 seed, and they still have the goods to make a deep run.
Duke’s first opponent in the dance will be No. 13 seed UNC Wilmington. Needless to say, the Blue Devils won’t be on upset alert when they take on the Seahawks. However, as we have seen in the past, stranger things have happened in the dance (hence the name March Madness).
Although records, rankings and basically everything in general goes out the college basketball window once the dance begins, UNC Wilmington enters the tourney on a four-game winning streak, while Duke has been dropping games left and right as of late.
What To Watch For
If you are a Blue Devils fan, or just like watching entertaining basketball in general, then eyes should be on Grayson Allen and Brandon Ingram. Allen is lethal when it comes to putting the ball in the hoop (averaging 21.6 points per game), and freshman sensation Ingram isn’t too shabby himself in the scoring department (averaging 16.8 PPG).
As for the Seahawks, Chris Flemmings is leading the scoring charge with 16.1 points per contest. In total, UNC Wilmington has three guys who are averaging double figures in the scoring department.
Whether you agree with Duke receiving a No. 4 seed or not, it’s hard to imagine a world in which the Blue Devils drop their first game of the tourney … even though it wouldn’t be the first time in recent memory.
To make a long story short, Allen alone can do some serious damage during the month of March — and he isn’t alone.
UNC Wilmington 71, Duke 85