The 3 at the end of the half - but it seemed like whenever we needed a bucket, he got it.
But that doesn't mean the tournament fails to produce compelling individual showdowns every year, in every round, in every region. It'll be no different this year, as this matchup has all the right makings for an upset. Maybe not as a No. 1 seed, as the Tar Heels are this season, the 12th Williams team to earn that spot, but somewhere down the road. Keep in mind that Bob Huggins is the only coach in the West region to have made a Final Four appearance before. The biggest of those bodies is Karnowski, a 7-footer who has about 50 pounds on Daum. The Big South player of the year averages 22.5 points per game. "That's when you just rally around each other". He's won two 8-9 games and three 6-11 games and three 4-13 games and two 3-14 games.
Duke is 5-0 SU and 4-1 ATS in its last five games against the Sun Belt. Marshall (pictured) scored 38 points in his junior season opener, but soon after was suspended and chose to leave the program.
The Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year had made just 20 of 60 shots (33 percent) and 7 of 31 3-pointers (23 percent) in his last four games.
Morris, meanwhile, has been as consistent as it gets throughout his college career. Louisville led by double digits most of the rest of the game.
Five players finished in double figures for Kansas, with Svi Mykhailiuk and Devonte' Graham adding 16 points each and Landen Lucas 13. From the heartland, though, the main land-grant universities with special meaning to me in the tournament field this year are K-State, Oklahoma State, Iowa State, Michigan State, South Dakota State, Wisconsin and Purdue.
The Wildcats waited 78 years to play in the NCAA Tournament and the Commodores want to spoil it. Look for the Tigers to stick in the game for at least the first period. And garbage time in the NCAA tournament can wreak havoc on big favorites. The Wildcats have come back even stronger after winning the national championship, led by Josh Hart's 18.7 points per game and 40.8 percent shooting from three-point range. The Cyclones have a dominant senior point guard, two sharpshooting seniors that can carry a team and a freakish athlete in Deonte Burton, who is another senior.
All in all though it was really good to see Kennard struggle and not have it affect Duke's overall play.
The Owls went to eight straight NCAA Tournaments from 2004-11 but hadn't been invited again until now, after they finished second to No. 1 CT in the American Athletic Conference Tournament.
First Round action continues Friday night with a two-fifteen match-up in the East pitting ACC Tournament Champion Duke against the No. 15 seed Troy Trojans. Couldn't name Duke's lineup outside the media obsession that is Grayson Allen.
Kennard is a star in college basketball now.
"I don't care about the cameras on me, I'm still going to play emotional".
For the season, the Trojans are shooting a respectable 46 percent from the floor, while holding foes to just under 43 percent shooting. Rhode Island during their conference tournament run bloomed into the team that was expected all season long.
Allen's season was looking like a disaster for a while.
It's all been reversed this season as the Blue Devils, dominant on their Cameron Indoor Stadium home court, are back in their rightful place among the 64 teams competing for the women's basketball national championship.
North Carolina fans may not have liked it, but it was the ideal end to a wild tournament filled with upsets and great games.
Kansas. The Jayhawks may have had an early exit in the Big 12 Tournament, but they have one of the most talented rosters anywhere.