Week of accolades continue for Duke Blue Devils men's lacrosse

Tricia Pearson
March 17, 2017

What's also nice is that each game will have a graphic on the top of the screen telling you the scores in the other games. Geographically anyway. The Jayhawks will be in Tulsa for the opening rounds, 217 miles from their homecourt, and if they win, they'll only have to go 47 miles from Lawrence, Kan., to Kansas City for the regional semis and regional finals. If that trend continues Friday, it'll be the first time no clear underdogs have won a first-round game since 2000.

College basketball (11 a.m. -11 p.m., CBS, TBS, TNT & TruTV): Tune in for the weekend action as day two of the NCAA Men's Tournament begins, and the field is cut to 32 teams. I know I do, because quite frankly, spring would be kind of boring without it.

Waiting for the Wildcats on Saturday will be the Saint Mary's Gaels, who handled the VCU Rams, 85-77, in their 7-10 matchup. That we'll see Mercer over Duke, Georgia State over Baylor, Middle Tennessee State over Michigan State.

How those teams will get to the big stage in Phoenix - and who they'll have to beat to get there? "I've served my time". But then again, it's easy to be an "armchair coach".

That kind of excitement just hasn't happened yet this year.

On the men's side, Obama likes top-seeded North Carolina prevailing in a championship-game edition of the Tobacco Road rivalry, over No. 2 seed Duke. At the time I'm writing this, I've got Villanova getting back-to-back titles. Add to the fact that freshman Lauri Markkanen at 7 feet is a Dirk Nowitski-eque mismatch on most nights, I fully expect Arizona to keep the good vibes going and come out of this region easily.

The best places to watch: Online at NCAA.com/MarchMadness or the NCAA March Madness Live app. We think we have an idea.

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The only high seed to grab a victory in the West region on Thursday was the Xavier Musketeers, who defeated the Maryland Terrapins in their 6-11 matchup, 76-65. But remember, a 15-seed has beaten a 2-seed eight times (8-120) since 1985 (when the field expanded to 64), including past year when Middle Tennessee State stunned Michigan State. I've got the Blue Raiders taking down No. 4 Butler, too.

"Early" is a relative term depending on the team, but the Zags' season will end in the Sweet 16 against West Virginia.

With the win over the Dolphins, head coach John Danowski made history in posting his 376 career win, a new NCAA Division I mark for all-time wins, a recognition previously held by former Virginia head coach Dom Starsia.

If they don't - well, nobody will say they didn't see it coming. Then after that four teams play in the Final Four and a national champion gets to ruin a perfectly good net.

Tenth seeded Wichita State is also considered to have gotten the Wisconsin treatment. And I mean go big. This is my theory that really has nothing to do with stats.

Duke is the betting favorite entering the tournament, slightly ahead of Carolina. We have the Kansas Jayhawks, Louisville Cardinals, Purdue Boilermakers, Oregon Ducks and all of them have great teams that have enormous potential.

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