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NC-Wilmington vs Duke Pick

When: 12:15 PM ET, Thursday, March 17, 2016
Where: Dunkin’ Donuts Center, Providence, Rhode Island
TV: 12:15 p.m. ET, CBS
Line: Duke -10.5, Total: 156.5
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Duke vs UNC Wilmington Preview

While the Blue Devils are in the NCAA Tournament for the 21st consecutive season, the Seahawks are making their first appearance in a decade. Duke (23-10) has offensive firepower with sophomore guard Grayson Allen (21.6 points) leading the way, but two of the team’s top three – Brandon Ingram (16.8 points, 6.8 rebounds) and Luke Kennard (11.9 points) – are freshmen who are unproven on the big stage. The Blue Devils are the defending national champions, but they’ve struggled at times after losing big man Amile Jefferson to a broken foot just nine games into the season and won just one game in the ACC tournament before losing to Notre Dame in overtime in the quarterfinals. UNC Wilmington (25-7)was a fixture in the NCAA Tournament in the early 2000s but have only one win – a 93-89 overtime triumph over No. 4 seed USC in 2002. Wilmington employs a guard-oriented lineup with four starters listed at 6-5 or shorter and likes to push the pace. Junior guard Chris Flemmings (16.1 points, 5.9 rebounds) is the team’s top scorer and rebounder, but backcourt mates Denzel Ingram (12.5 points) and Craig Ponder (11.1 points) also can hurt defenses. The Seahawks have been in tournament mode for more than a week after having to scrape through three close games in the Colonial Athletic Association tournament. They won their first two games in the tournament by a total of five points and needed overtime to dispatch Hofstra in the championship game. The in-state foes have met only once before, with Duke winning 67-57 in overtime on Feb. 8, 1982.

NC-WILMINGTON SEAHAWKS
Chris Flemmings 15 PTS, 5 REB, 0.8 BLK
Denzel Ingram 11 PTS, 2 REB, 34.7 FG%
Craig Ponder 9 PTS, 3 REB, 41.8 FG%

DUKE BLUE DEVILS
Grayson Allen 22 PTS, 5 REB, 3.5 AST
Brandon Ingram 20 PTS, 9 REB, 1.5 BLK
Luke Kennard 14 PTS, 4 REB, 42.2 FG%

Duke vs UNC Wilmington Score Prediction
Duke 84 – UNC Wilmington 81
Pick: Dog & the over

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