Midwest Region - Second Round
(26-8, 13-5 ACC)
Duke Blue Devils
What You Need To Know: The Blue Devils have been vulnerable at times, but Coach K gets the most out of his team in the NCAA Tournament – this squad is built to be dangerous in March, able to hurt teams in several different ways. Amile Jefferson is tough inside and can control the glass, and forward Rodney Hood and guards Quinn Cook, Rasheed Sulaimon and Andre Dawkins all can score either by going to the bucket or by knocking down the open jumper. Freshman Jabari Parker, however, is the star of the show, and his all-around skills make him difficult to contain – this might be when he takes his game to a whole other level. He's a threat to go for 20 and 10 every time he hits the floor, and while teams will focus on shutting Parker down, others have the ability to step up. Duke lives and dies by the three, but when the offense struggles from the perimeter, it will look inside to Parker.
Strengths: Scoring, Three Point Shooting, Assist-Turnover Ratio
Weaknesses: Blocked Shots, Field Goal Percentage Defense, Rebounding
(26-8, 14-4 A-Sun)
What You Need To Know: The Bears rolled through the Atlantic Sun Tournament to earn their trip to the Big Dance, and they won't be a pushover in the first round. Mercer loves to push the tempo, averaging more than 79 points an outing by doing a great job of moving the ball and getting to teammates in a position to score. Guard Langston Hall is a quality scorer whose length will create matchup problems, and his ability to hit the glass allows Mercer to run. Daniel Coursey is a 6-10, 220-pound senior who’s money on the low block; he can both score and defend the rim.
Strengths: Three Point Shooting, Assists, Rebounds
Weaknesses: Steals, Turnovers, Blocked Shots