The first round of the 2022 NCAA tournament continues, and March Madness has lived up to its name thus far. The No. 2 Duke Blue Devils picked up an easy 78-61 win over No. 15 CS Fullerton, and the No. 7 Michigan State Spartans beat back a push from the No. 10 Davidson Wildcats 74-73 in what ended up becoming a nail biter down the stretch.
All odds below are from DraftKings Sportsbook.
Game date: Sunday, March 19th
Game time: 5:15 p.m.
TV channel: CBS
Location: Bon Secours Wellness Arena, Greenville, SC
Odds: Duke -6.5, Total 144
No. 2 Duke 28-6 (16-4 ACC): At-Large
First Round: Defeated No. 15 CSU Fullerton 78-61
KenPom rating: 12 Overall, 7 Offense, 44 Defense
Leading scorer: Paolo Banchero, 17.0 points per game
Key stat: Paolo Banchero scored in double digits in all but two games this season.
The Blue Devils took a 10 point lead into halftime and didn’t look back. Paolo Banchero finished with a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Duke had 21 assists compared to CS Fullerton’s 10. The Blue Devils shot 51.7% from the field and held the Titans to 37.5% shooting.
No. 7 Michigan State 22-12 (11-9 Big Ten)
First Round: Defeated No. 10 Davidson 74-73
KenPom rating: 39 Overall, 36 Offense, 57 Defense
Leading scorer: Gabe Brown, 11.4 ppg
Key stat of tournament: Despite shooting just 7-26 from three-point range, the Spartans advanced past Davidson.
If it’s March, it must be time for Tom Izzo to start winning basketball games. The Spartans out-rebounded the Wildcats 35-32, but barely hang on to advance to face Duke with Mike Krzyzewski’s career on the line.