NCAA Tournament Duke Blue Devils vs Iona Gaels Start Time, Odds


Who are you picking in today's contests?

In honor of the God, DJ Khaled, it's only right that we start off with the "major key" for this first round matchup. Iona led the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in 3-pointers made and have been held under 70 points just twice since December 17.

"We were hitting shots back", Iona graduate transfer TK Edogi, who finished with 11 points and nine rebounds, said. Duke is one of the most talented team's out there and they definitely have all that's needed to go all the way. I think the Blue Devils are awake and ready for the next round now, so I'm leaning toward Duke covering here.

Marvin Bagley III and the Duke Blue Devils will open the NCAA Tournament on Thursday against another team familiar with the Big Dance. Duke freshman forward Wendell Carter Jr. added nine points and eight rebounds.

"(This is) what we've had to go through the whole year, you know, the first road game, the first conference game, the - you know, the first 10:00 of game, you know, all of those things", Krzyzewski said. "You got to play physical with them".

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This game could see a ton of points and Iona is going to have to score a ton to hang around, but the new and improved Duke defense will be the difference. And Grayson Allen and Gary Trent Jr. chipped in with 16 points each.

Valvano got the best of Krzyzewski on more than one occasion. "Obviously, they [were] having a hot night and it just didn't go our way".

On Saturday out at PPG Paints Arena, we've got Second Round NCAA Tournament action coming between the Rhode Island Rams and the Duke Blue Devils. Duke held its largest lead of 27 points with less than five minutes remaining in the game. "He didn't tell us that", freshman guard Trevon Duval said.

Next, the Duke freshmen get to learn about the short turnaround, playing a Rhode Island team that dispatched Oklahoma, led by its own freshman phenom, Trae Young, earlier in the day. McGill and graduate transfer Zach Lewis each scored 10 points.