Duke's freshmen pass first tournament test

Duke's freshmen pass first tournament test

Five Iona players average at least 10 points per game, led by Rickey McGill (13.5), who made only 5-of-22 shots during the league tournament, although he had a career-high 40 points in the regular-season finale.

Here's how to watch Thursday's game online. Both Deyshonee Much and Roland Griffin are double-digit scorers off the bench as well, giving Iona plenty of firepower to put up points. This is an easy thing to overlook considering that he's their best player, but the Duke Blue Devils have struggled to get him the ball in key games this year.

In Thursday's First Round NCAA Tournament game, Rhode Island managed an 83-78 victory in overtime.

As Duke prepared for its first NCAA Tournament game, however, they were thinking just the opposite, as evidenced by freshman Gary Trent Jr.'s response to the cliché.

"I started watching the first game", the freshman big man said, "at the hotel, before we came to the arena". Duke is one of the most talented team's out there and they definitely have all that's needed to go all the way.

"We've gotten better", Krzyzewski said.

"Yeah I play", said this man. "Obviously, they was having a hot night, and it just didn't go our way". The last time Iona won a tournament game - it's only one - came back in 1980. The Blue Devils are at the other end of the table, being 6 overall in Accuscore simulations to take the National Championship.

Carter left the game with 7:50 left and played only 24 minutes.

Point guard Trevon Duval hit four of five 3-point shots for 19 points.

It's fairly rare that a No. 15 seed upsets a No. 2 seed, but it's happened four times in the past six years, including Duke falling to Lehigh in 2012.

Next, the Duke freshmen get to learn about the short turnaround, playing a Rhode Island team that dispatched Oklahoma, led by its own freshman phenom, Trae Young, earlier in the day.

Duke: The Blue Devils got it together late in the season thanks in large part to their defense.