Spurs 2019 NBA Draft Prospects: Who to Watch during March Madness

Zion Williamson

Virginia lost 74-54 to UMBC, becoming the first men's No. 1 seed ever to lose to a 16 seed. Mike Krzyzewski's squad is the No.1 overall ranked team in the entire tournament.

Clearly, this is a Duke team that can win big games without being efficient from deep, but the Blue Devils could surely make their path to cutting down the net in Minneapolis much easier with more consistency there.

The top player in the country, who is all but guaranteed to be the No.1 overall pick in the NBA Draft, carried Duke to an ACC Championship when he returned for the quarterfinals of the tournament.

The freshman, who is expected to be the No. 1 pick in the National Basketball Association draft, wowed the crowd with his impressive play against Syracuse.

Duke is still waiting to learn the identity of their first-round opponent.

Virginia is set to play Gardner-Webb, North Carolina will play Iona and Gonzaga will play the victor of a First Four game between Fairleigh Dickinson and Prairie View.

It also marks the first time since 2009 that KU has not been a 1 or 2 seed. However, that popularity far outpaces Michigan's 61% chance of winning their first two games.

For the season Arkansas went 20-14 and looked like a lock for the tournament after starting SEC play 5-2 but after that tough stretch to close the season, the Razorbacks miss the tournament for the fourth straight year. Up against a stifling 2-3 zone defense, the Blue Devils jacked up three after three, but to no avail-Duke sunk just nine of its 43 attempts from outside en route to a 95-91 loss.

It's hard to say which team Duke would face to kick off the second week of March Madness. The Cougars, who will open against Sun Belt champion Georgia State, will be trying to advance to the Sweet 16 after losing to MI in the second round a year ago. They'll open against MAAC tournament champion Iona on Friday in Columbus, Ohio, and could face eighth-seeded Utah State or ninth-seeded Washington for a spot in the Sweet 16.

"We have a whole week, so we'll work on things, even if it's just watching film and seeing what we aren't supposed to be doing", senior guard Kenny Williams said after the Duke game. Florida State lost to Duke by two points on January 12.

"Killers kill", he said on ESPN after being named MVP of the ACC Tournament.

Of the six remaining 5-star prospects in the class, the North Carolina Tar Heels are heavily involved with three; and have been for quite some time.

Both teams started sluggishly on offense, perhaps a sign of fatigue as they were each playing their third game in three nights. Northeastern is in the bottom portion of college basketball when it comes to pace, which is really nice when looking for teams with upset potential. With the No. 6 offense according to KenPom.com's adjusted efficiency metric and college basketball's most efficient scorer in Zion Williamson at its disposal, Duke rarely struggles to rack up points.

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