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North Carolina's Leslie McDonald earns Athlon Player of the Week honors

McDonald's Tobacco Road rival earns Freshman of the Week
North Carolina's Leslie McDonald earns Athlon Player of the Week honors

When North Carolina’s season started, P.J. Hariston and Leslie McDonald were in NCAA suspension limbo.

McDonald, though, was the clear No. 2 anytime the two suspensions were mentioned. Now that he’s been in the lineup for weeks, McDonald has proven himself one of the key missing pieces for the Tar Heels’ season.

The senior guard led North Carolina with 21 points in Thursday’s 74-66 win over Duke and added 19 points in Saturday’s rout of Wake Forest to earn Athlon Sports National Player of the Week honors.

Duke Basketball: Blue Devils Team Preview and Season Prediction 2019-20

Devils reload, launch another title quest
Duke Blue Devils 2019-20 Basketball Team Preview and Prediction

Duke is used to being the top story in college hoops, but last season was on a different level, with LeBron James and former President Barack Obama among those who sat courtside to watch the high-flying Blue Devils.


Despite the fanfare, the flawed Blue Devils came up short of the Final Four for the fourth straight season, and RJ Barrett, Marques Bolden, Cam Reddish and Zion Williamson all moved on to the NBA.


How do you rebound after losing that much talent?

Zion Williamson: 10 Fun Facts to Know

New Orleans Pelicans No. 1 pick Zion Williamson is ready to take over the NBA
New Orleans Pelicans No. 1 pick Zion Williamson is ready to take over the NBA

New Orleans Pelicans No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson has been a YouTube sensation since his high school days at Spartanburg Day School in Spartanburg, S.C. Now the 19-year-old Duke product is taking his unique blend of eye-popping size and highlight-reel skills to the NBA. Already one of the internet’s favorite dunkers, Williamson showed off a complete game during his one season playing for Coach K at Duke. Here are a few fast facts to know about the most exciting player in college basketball:
 

Michigan State Spartans vs. Duke Blue Devils Prediction: NCAA Tournament Elite Eight Preview

Top two seeds in East Region meet in heavyweight battle for spot in Final Four
Michigan State Spartans vs. Duke Blue Devils Prediction: NCAA Tournament Elite Eight Preview

Two legendary coaches in Tom Izzo and Mike Krzyzewski will meet each other with a Final Four berth on the line Sunday.

 

The Michigan State Spartans (31-6) and the Duke Blue Devils (32-5) will face off in Washington, D.C. on Sunday to determine the winner of the East Region and which team moves on to the Final Four in Minneapolis. On Friday night, No. 2 seed Michigan State handled No. 3 LSU 80-63. Hours later, No. 1 overall seed Duke escaped with a 75-73 win over ACC rival and No. 4 Virginia Tech.

 

Virginia Tech Hokies vs. Duke Blue Devils Prediction: NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 Preview

ACC foes meet for the second time this season with a spot in the Elite Eight on the line
Virginia Tech Hokies vs. Duke Blue Devils Prediction: NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 Preview

A month ago, the Virginia Tech Hokies pulled off a 77-72 upset of the Duke Blue Devils. A lot has changed since the two teams met on Feb. 26 as they will play one another in the NCAA Tournament East Region semifinals on Friday night at Capital One Arena in Washington D.C.

 

UCF Knights vs. Duke Blue Devils Prediction: NCAA Tournament Second Round Preview

Two of the nation's best big men collide in Columbia
UCF Knights vs. Duke Blue Devils Prediction: NCAA Tournament Second Round Preview

As a reward for notching its inaugural NCAA Tournament win as a Division I program, the Knights of UCF have... a second-round date with top overall seed Duke.

 

With a 73-58 win over 8-seed VCU, UCF continued its storybook season in a year that saw the Knights win a program-record 23 regular-season games and beat a pair of ranked opponents. The Rams entered the tournament with a vaunted defense, but 7-foot-6 center Tacko Fall (13 points, 18 rebounds) helped propel the Knights to the opening-round win.

 

Best NCAA Tournament Teams Ever By Seed

The NCAA Tournament expanded in 1985, making March Madness what it is today
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Best NCAA Tournament Teams Ever By Seed

Every team in the NCAA Tournament controls their own destiny. Regardless of their seeding, they have a shot to win it all, and while talent generally dictates the outcome of the tournament, some seeds have punched above their weight, while others have lived up or down to expectations. Here are the best teams ever by seed.

 

Duke Basketball: Blue Devils Team Preview and Season Prediction 2018-19

Devils boast nation's top recruiting class
Duke Blue Devils 2018-19 Basketball Team Preview and Prediction

A new starting five, a new style and even a new assistant coach. It’s almost all new for the Blue Devils this season, but don’t expect to see them slip from that old familiar spot near the top of the ACC and the national rankings, thanks to another top-ranked recruiting class.

College Basketball Top 25 for 2018-19

Athlon Sports' preseason basketball rankings

The Athlon Sports College Basketball Top 25 is littered with familiar faces, especially at the top where Kansas has edged Kentucky for the No. 1 spot in our preseason rankings. 

 

The Wildcats are once again loaded with elite freshmen, but this team also brings back three sophomores who played key roles last season — giving John Calipari’s team the type of veteran leadership usually lacking in Lexington. At Kansas, Bill Self has a roster led by junior big man Udoka Azubuike and several key transfers who will be stepping into prominent roles.

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