Troy: Playing national power Duke an 'honor, privilege'

Posted March 15, 2017

Not surprisingly, UConn is designated the overall No. 1 seed in the 64-team tournament field revealed by the NCAA on Monday night. Assuming the Huskies avoid what would be a monumental upset, they would face the victor of Syracuse-Iowa State in the second round.

The Kansas Jayhawks (28-4) are the top seed in the Midwest Regional and may have the easiest path to the Final Four.

The Huskies earned the No. 3 seed and open the tournament Saturday against No. 14 seed Montana State (25-6) in the Oklahoma City Regional.

"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.

Villanova, the overall No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, is No. 1 in the final Associated Press college basketball poll of the season.

TSU is led by SWAC Player of the Year Zach Lofton, who led the conference in scoring during the regular season at 17 points per game.

Winners of 107 straight games, coach Geno Auriemma and the Huskies won't have to leave the state of CT in the NCAA Tournament until the Final Four as they try for an unprecedented fifth consecutive national championship. 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. The other first-round matchup in Lexington features fifth-seeded Ohio State against 12th-seeded Western Kentucky at 2:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2. Sophomore guard Darby Maggard is averaging 14.4 points per game, while junior center Sally McCabe is averaging 12.4 points per game.

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According to USA Today's latest Bracketology updates, both North Carolina and Duke are projected to be No. 1 seeds.

But first, Duke has to win two more games at Cameron Indoor Stadium, where the Blue Devils are unbeaten in 16 games this season.

"I'm just going to enjoy having the opportunity to play Duke", Person said.

Playing in the NCAA Women's Tournament for the second time in as many years, players and coaches know what they're in for. The Trojans won the Sun Belt Conference Tournament and earned the 15 seed in the East region. If you think we're just spit balling awesome scenarios, I assure you we aren't.

The Huskies' biggest challenge in its region figures to be second-seeded Duke, which is 27-5 and finished second in the ACC behind Notre Dame. All that sounds a lot like the fate of the Wichita State men, which was the most under-seeded team in the men's tournament after similarly dominating the Valley.

Williams provided further insight into his teams' focus heading into Tournament play.

More than likely awaiting the victor of Kentucky's pod will be the 1 seed, ACC Champion, and perennial power Notre Dame Fighting Irish.