Duke vs. Rhode Island - 3/17/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Duke vs. Rhode Island - 3/17/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

"[Duke] is one heck of a basketball team", Iona head coach Tim Cluess said. The Gaels and Blue Devils met in 1980.

Grayson Allen (15.7 points) helped Duke secure a national championship as a freshman and is back for a final go-round in hopes of bookending his career with NCAA Tournament titles.

"I wing it", another said. The Blue Devils outrebounded Iona 39-29 and outscored the Gaels in the paint 46-30.

After all that experience, most players and coaches say, they're not freshmen anymore. (13.8, 9.3) highlight the Blue Devils' young front line, while Gary Trent Jr. "Prepare them for the atmosphere being inside of it, versus being on the outside".

"Everyone in the tournament is good", Krzyzewski said, "but they are experienced good".

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"You've got to do your research to win", said this man.

And the gap between Duke and the Gaels came into full focus about midway through the first half.

Roland Griffin led the Gaels with 21 points off the bench.

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

The last two years, SportsLine's computer simulation correctly predicted nine out of 12 double-digit NCAA Tournament upsets in the first round with their computer algorithm. Fatts Russell hit three 3-pointers and finished with 15 points for Rhode Island.

Iona (20-13) made into the tournament third year in a row, despite finishing only 4 in their mediocre MAAC Conference and posting a flimsy 11-7 record at that.

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