NCAA Tournament 2011: Does Hampton Stand a Chance Against Duke?
NCAA Tournament 2011 Brackets Released, Can Hampton Stand Up to Mighty Blue Devils?
Typically, the 1-16 seed pairings in the real first round of the NCAA tournament aren't all that close. Oftentimes, the 16 seed is a first-time participant in the Dance, or a team from an extremely small conference who lacks the depth or overall talent to hang with one of college basketball's power teams.
But, are the Hampton Pirates an exception to the rule? They're no first-timers, having made quite the ruckus in 2001 when they were here, and appearing several other times on top of that. They're not pushovers, having amassed a solid 25-8 record this season.
The Pirates also have some solid talent on the roster, in the form of guard Darrion Pellum. But, unfortunately for the Virginia school, they're up against one of the deepest, most talented teams in the tournament.
The Duke Blue Devils spent most of the year ranked in the top four, falling out only recently following a late season swoon. Led by senior Kyle Single, junior Nolan Smith, and a cadre of talented youngsters, Duke has blasted almost all comers this season, while looking like national title contenders.
Unfortunately for the Pirates, who average a paltry 67.5 points per game, they lack the horses to keep up with the Dukies, who can bring the thunder from just about anyone on the roster, and anywhere on court.
Plus, given the fact that the Blue Devils looked awfully good in the ACC tournament, Hampton's chances might be even less than your average 16-seed.
Final Score: Duke 91, Hampton 70.
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