Not many could have seen this coming!
Despite trailing by as many as seven points, the Duke Blue Devils stormed back to eke out an 85-62 win over the North Dakota State Bison on Friday in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament.
America was introduced to under-the-radar pro prospect Zion Williamson, who did several nice “dunk shots” en route to 25 points on 12-16 shooting. Here’s one of them. First-rounder maybe???
The Bison are known for their three-point shooting but shot just 8-29 from deep on Friday. That could be what let the scrappy underdog Blue Devils stick around.
Duke took the lead for good on a pair of free throws from Cam Reddish with 2:13 left in the first half and took a four-point edge into the locker room. Fans could have been forgiven for assuming North Dakota State would get it together for the second half and run away with it. Instead, Duke scored the first nine points of the second half and never looked back.
Vinnie Shahid, the guy who American tuned in to see, led North Dakota State with 20 points, accounting for almost half of his team’s scoring. RJ Barrett led all scorers and had 16 of his 26 points in the second half.
Duke, a small, private institution in Durham, North Carolina, will face the winner of UCF and VCU in the Second Round. It’s safe the say the Rams and Knights are both thankful that the Bison no longer stand in their way of the Sweet 16.