The Duke Blue Devils face the Rhode Island Rams in the 2018 NCAA Tournament on Saturday, March 17 and here’s all the info you need to watch.
History was made on Friday night in the 2018 NCAA Tournament, and the ACC was on the wrong end of it. The Virginia Cavaliers suffered the first ever loss by a No. 1 seed in the First Round of March Madness. Now it’s up to teams like the Duke Blue Devils to save the good name of the conference. To do that, they’ll have to get past the Rhode Island Rams to make it to the Sweet 16.
Duke was dominant in their opening round win over Iona. Marvin Bagley III looked every bit like the National Player of the Year contender that he is, dominating on the boards and on the offensive end of the floor. What’s scary is that, if the Blue Devils can get him fully on the same page with the likes of Grayson Allen and Wendell Carter, this group might be unstoppable.
As for Rhode Island, they’re a team who has been highly touted as a mid-major all year. With that said, they struggled to get past Oklahoma in the First Round, but ultimately prevailed. Now, their combo of E.C. Matthews and Fatts Russell need to come up with a lifetime-worthy performance on Saturday afternoon to knock off Coach K and Co.
Details for Saturday’s game are below:
Judging by how both Rhode Island and Duke played in their First Round matchups, this should be another NCAA Tournament cake-walk for the Blue Devils. However, you can never count a great-spirited team like the Rams out. And given the ACC’s shortcoming ins the form of Virginia on Friday night, things could be just about to get wild.