The best of Day 1 of the NCAA Tournament

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Duke built a solid lead early and though Troy cut the lead to single digits on a few occasions they never seriously threatened.

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"But Joel has been one of our leaders and not just by scoring or shooting 3-point shots, but the way he plays defense".

Playing at home in the NCAA Tournament is actually a routine for Duke, last season notwithstanding.

Since the NCAA tournament expanded to 64 teams back in 1985, No. 2 seeds are 122-6 straight up in first-round matchups against No. 15 seeds.

The #6 Cincinnati Bearcats (29-5) will go against the play-in game victor Kansas State Wildcats in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Kentucky's SEC tournament title has them set for a big run here in March.

Josh Hart, Villanova. Does it all, already has one national title.

Jayson Tatum was everywhere for the Duke Blue Devils in their opening round victory against the Troy Bulldogs - recording 18 points, 12 rebounds, four steals and four blocks. However, their side of the bracket has them potentially going against the Kentucky Wildcats or UCLA in the Final Eight round, all of the teams that could/should be in the final four.

Duke's talent, however, hasn't always translated to success this season.

MI vs. Oklahoma State, Midwest Region, Friday in Indianapolis.

In last year's NCAA Tournament, the team that made more 3-pointers in each game won only 52.5 percent of the time (31 of 59 games; in the tournament's other 8 games, both teams made the same number of 3-pointers).

Though Tatum now gives the Devils post play, they still rely most on outside shooting.

Rick Pitino's Louisville Cardinals are the third seed but have had trouble making shots virtually all season. "If we're just passing it around like we do, we're going to get the shots that we want", Bando said. We saw it against Duke in the ACC tournament. For example, in this year's ACC Semifinals, Duke was down 13 points to UNC in the second half. A sleeper team in this region could be the Rhode Island Rams.

When the dust settles in the South, look for NC stud Justin Jackson to guide his team out of the region. Marquette has an elite offense, while SC made it to the tournament with one of the nation's best defenses.

Bad draw for No. 10 seed Oklahoma State. The blue bloods should love this one as Kentucky will go on to beat North Carolina in the final. Sunday, they'll take a trip to SC. Keep in mind that Bob Huggins is the only coach in the West region to have made a Final Four appearance before. Will Gonzaga, this time as the No. 1 seed, finally make it to the Final Four? Even if it kinda resembles Cookie Monster, the story behind the team and the mascot is something to watch in this years tournament. He dropped 39 on regular-season champ UT-Arlington, and had back-to-back 29- and 26-point showings against Appalachian State and Georgia Southern in the Sun Belt tournament.

Iona star Jordan Washington gave his team a huge scare when he went down hard under Oregon's basket, screaming in pain and grabbing his lower left leg with 1:12 to go before halftime. They do everything that a great program does; they just haven't broken through to that final weekend of the season just yet.

The 'Cats also happen to be red-hot right now, winning their last 11 games and capping off another SEC Tournament title. And it has the coaching acumen that compares favorably with many. The mid-season arrival of Allonzo Trier after suspension has catapulted Arizona to a level unmatched by most teams.

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