Check Out Ball Durham's NCAA Tournament Challenge

Posted March 15, 2017

Duke has the same number of losses against the top teams, but the most wins against potential top seeds of anyone after the run through the ACC tournament.

Ohio State women's basketball didn't have to sweat out Selection Monday.

The Ohio State women's basketball team is going dancing.

The victor of the second round tilt will advance to the NCAA Regional Semifinal, which will be played at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Conn. If you are a betting man or woman though, the odds say UNC and Duke will square up for a fourth time in the national title game.

"It seems clear who the public is on early and it is the red-hot Blue Devils at 13/2", -Kevin Bradley, Sports Book Manager, said Monday. The NCAA Tournament begins this weekend and UConn's road to fifth consecutive national title starts at Gampel Pavilion.

UConn will host the first two rounds on campus, about 80 miles north of the regional site in Bridgeport.

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The Huskies won a program-record four games in last year's tournament to advance to the first Final Four in program history. For us to have an emphasis before the Duke game to play without fouling, then to allow them to shoot 37 free throws, that means we didn't do a very good job of what we'd focused on.

But the Tar Heels' tough strength of schedule down the stretch and No. 5 RPI ranking kept them as a top seed, while ACC Tournament champion Duke fell to a No. 2 seed in the East Region. The junior guard is averaging about seven points fewer than last season but has scored at least 18 in nine of the last 11 games. They own regular season victories over the three other No. 1 seeds - Notre Dame, South Carolina and Baylor. If you think we're just spit balling awesome scenarios, I assure you we aren't.

The Wildcats are unbeaten SU in three opening-round clashes as a No. 2 seed, but failed to cover in each, and are 1-5 ATS in six tournament contests when favoured by 19 points or more.

Instead, UConn (32-0) enters the NCAA Tournament undefeated for the eighth time, on a 107-game winning streak and as the tournament's overall No. 1 seed. Baylor is the No. 1 seed in Oklahoma City. The Shockers lost two players to the National Basketball Association and started slowly this season, losing to good teams early.

In my article this morning, I projected the Orange would fall between a 4-6 seed and that 7 would be a little low.

There were two certainties when the Troy Trojans learned they would play Duke in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.