Duke moves into Elite Eight
NBA Hope Marvin Bagley III. the Duke Blue Devils into Elite Eight, while Purdue surprisingly fails in the March Madness.
Thanks to mega-talent Marvin Bagley III. continued dreaming of their sixth college championship and moved into Elite Eight.
Coach legend Mike “Coach K” Krzyzewski’s team defeated Syracuse Orange 69-65 in a close match and now face Hall-of-Fame-Coach Bill Self and Kansas, who Clemson had sent home 80-76.
NBA hope Bagley repeatedly found a remedy against Syracuse’s dreaded zone defense, scoring 22 points (eight out of twelve field goals) and seven rebounds in the end. He was supported by Grayson Allen (15 points and eight assists).
On the other side Tyus Battle (19 points and five assists) finally defended himself in vain.
The Kansas Jayhawks, the number one seed of the Midwest region, is among the last eight for the third time in a row. Against the Clemson Tigers, the Self squad relied on Devonte’ Graham (16 points, five rebounds and four assists) and Malik Newman (17/7/3).
At Clemson, Gabe overtook DeVoe (31 points and nine rebounds), but missed an important trio just before the end with which he could have shortened to one point on Kansas. The Jayhawks then brought home the victory and now face Duke, the number two seed, in a thrilling duel.
In the other games of the March Madness (LIVE on TV on SPORT1 US) Villanova had little problems with West Virginia in their 90:78 victory. Thanks to a tripartite festival, the East Region’s number one seed easily moved into Eltie Eight.
Jalen Brunson (27 points, 3/6 trio), Omari Spellman (18, 4/7 trio) and Mikal Bridges (16, 3/5 trio) were hot for the Wildcats. In the end, a strong triple ratio of 54.2 percent stood out.
With 16 points, three rebounds and three assists Daxter Miles Junior delivered a decent game for the Mountaineers – which was too little in the end.
In the Elite Eight Villanova now meets Texas Tech (3). The Red Raiders defeated the favored Purdue (2) with 87:65 and are among the last eight for the first time in the 93-year history of the university.
Four players scored in double figures for Texas Tech: Keenan Evans (16 points), Zach Smith (14), Zhaire Smith (13) and Justin Gray (12).
On Purdue’s side, only Carsen Edwards braved the defeat with 30 points.
Another round ahead is German basketball hopeful Moritz Wagner, who defeated Texas A&M by 99:72 with Michigan Wolverines.