Written and authored by NCAA Basketball March Madness Expert Analyst Charlie Red McDougall. Charliessports.com produces it for Basketball Point Spread news and notes. NCAA Basketball Tournament Premium 500-star Picks are winning at a 76.6% rate and will continue through the 2016 NCAA Basketball March Madness Finals in April of 2016. The (25-7) and 13th seed North Carolina Wilmington Seahawks of the Colonial Athletic Association will be in “LITTLE RHODY” for their opening round in matchup. UNC-Wilmington takes on the (23-10) and numbers four-seed Duke Blue Devils of the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2016 March Madness action. Tip-off is 12:15 PM EST on the CBS Television Network. The game is on Thursday, March 17, 2016. The teams will play at the Dunkin Donuts Center in downtown Providence, Rhode Island. The best Sports Handicapper believes the North Carolina Seahawks basketball program is on the rise. UNC-Wilmington is not intimidated by the mystique of the famous school on “TOBACCO ROAD”. The Duke Blue Devils are the defending NCAA Tournament Champions and repeating is going to be a tough task. The Opening Betting Line has Duke as a fourteen point Favorite Against The Spread on a neutral court. The Betting Odds Total is 147 for Thursday’s matchup.
The 2016 UNC Wilmington Seahawks have won five of their last six straight up, including an overtime victory at Hofstra to capture the CAA Championship. North Carolina-Wilmington is in the field of 68 for the first time in a decade. UNC-Wilmington has an excellent collection of guards on their team. Chris Flemmings, Denzel Ingram, and Craig Ponder can all compete at a high level. Flemmings is the team’s leading scorer. Ingram is second putting the ball in the basket and is the team’s leader in assists. Ponder can keep the team in the game with three-point shooting. It’s not a surprise that the Seahawks are lacking size and athleticism against Thursday’s opponent. Don’t expect the Seahawks to roll over for the mighty Duke Blue Devils. The kids from Wilmington will be ready for action. Fans in the Coastal town of Wilmington are convinced their Seahawks will upset Duke.
The Duke Blue Devils have lost two of three straight up; they lost to Norte Dame in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament. Duke has not been good to point spread betters dropping their last five to the number. The Blue Devils are not as deep as they have been in the past. However, they have a top two pick in the 2016 NBA draft. That is if Freshman Brandon Ingram decides to turn pro. Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski is making his twenty-first consecutive appearance in the March Madness Tournament on the bench at Duke. Leading scorer Grayson Allen is a hard-nosed and gritty player that will try to get into the Seahawks players mind. Freshman sharp-shooter Luke Kennard can get hot and take over a basketball game. The key to a Duke victory is for Center Marshall Plumlee to dominate the post. UNC-Wilmington can’t match the size of Plumlee.
NCAA March Madness News and Notes For Thursday, March 17th, 2016.
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