Duke University: Blue Devils Headed to Sweet 16 After Slipping Past Michigan
Duke University Blue Devils Fight Through Matchup with Michigan
The Duke Blue Devils are headed to the Sweet 16 after defeating the Michigan Wolverines on Sunday, 73-71.
Nolan Smith did what he's been doing all season for the Blue Devils, scoring 24 points on 8-of-13 shooting.
Kyle Singler added 13 points, eight rebounds and four assists.
Michigan's Darius Morris had a chance to tie it with a floater as time winded down, but his shot hit the back of the rim and the Blue Devils came out as winners.
B/R's Adam Wells recently broke down 10 experts' picks on who would go to the Final Four and who would win the national championship.
Of these 10, five have Duke going to the Final Four.
Only one of these experts has Duke going to the National Championship Game, SI.com's Stewart Mandel, who has the Blue Devils ultimately losing to the Kansas Jayhawks.
Mandel said he sees the Blue Devils coming out of the West Region, saying, "(Nolan) Smith is the kind of player that wins championships, and he's getting nice support from Kyle Singler and Seth Curry. While the Blue Devils' road isn't easy, they're more tested than the (San Diego State) Aztecs and more complete than anyone else."
Mandel sees Duke beating Kentucky in the Final Four.
While I do agree with Mandel's assessment that Kansas will win the national championship, that's about all I agree with him on related to Duke.
I do see the Blue Devils going to the Final Four, but I see them losing to Ohio State after their very close game against Michigan today...too close for the Blue Devils.
Let me put it this way...if the Blue Devils match up with Ohio State in the Final Four and win, I'd be shocked.
If they do match up with Kentucky in the Final Four, I would agree with Mandel, seeing them going onto the championship game.
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