For any college basketball fan, March is our favorite time of the year. It’s game after game of college basketball’s best fighting for a chance to win a national championship. This year four ACC favorites landed a bid into the big dance, but how did they fare in the second round?
Duke: Unlike last year, Duke wasn’t sent packing by a no. 15 seed in the second round. They easily defeated the Albany Great Danes by a score of 73-61. Seth Curry as usual led the Blue Devils in scoring with twenty-six points, six rebounds, and two assists. They will take on the Creighton Blue Jays in the third round.
North Carolina State: There was a lot of hype behind the Wolfpack basketball program this year including the prediction they would be the best in the ACC. Wrong! They were way overrated and if their overall record and season didn’t show it, their 76-72 point loss to the Temple Owls should back that up.
Miami: Miami isn’t used to the exposure and success they’ve seen this year. I feel they are quite vulnerable in this tournament and could be upset at any moment. That said I think they could still make it to the national championship game. They easily ran over Pacific yesterday in the second round. They will take on Illinois on Sunday in the third round of thirty-two.
North Carolina: I saved the best for last. North Carolina was predicted to be upset by Villanova yesterday, and they proved everyone wrong and gave Roy Williams his 700th career victory. They beat the Wildcats 78-71 last night and will take on Kansas on Sunday in an Elite Eight rematch from last year’s NCAA Tournament.