Williamson, Duke get top seed in East Region

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Duke Look Like NCAA Championship Contenders in Zion Williamson's Return

This weekend, Duke, Nike and Zion Williamson are celebrating theirs.

"The guy", in this case, would be Zion Williamson, and North Carolina heard its share about him even before he took the court.

Tonight's semifinal clash against the UNC marked Williamson's second game back from injury following the sprained knee he sustained against the Tar Heels on February 20. Virginia and North Carolina shared the conference's regular-season championship and claimed No. 1 seeds as well. "Duke's still a great team". "So his ability to score in the paint and get offensive putbacks changes their game a lot".

"I get on him about his shots and I get on him about his turnovers", Williams said. And it came with Duke facing the prospect of losing three times in a season to UNC (27-6) for the first time in 43 years. Johnson shot a 3 with 18 seconds remaining that could've won it, and he was sure it had when it left his hand.

"I feel really blessed to be in a position to play for this university, and to contribute to what we have going on here", Johnson said. Without Williamson, there was no question which team was better. Any team that has racked up 27 wins on the year should be, including going 13-5 in the ACC.

And yet, Williamson's impact was something bordering on transcendent.

Zion Williamson proved he's back and healthy with a dominating three-game show at the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament.

The Blue Devils will open in Columbia, South Carolina, on Friday against the victor of a First Four game between North Carolina Central and North Dakota State.

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Williamson tied UNC's Brad Daugherty for the most consecutive makes in a game by an ACC player and also became the first Duke player with 25 points, 10 rebounds and 5 steals in a game since Christian Laettner did it in 1992 against UNC in the ACC tournament.

The top-seeded Bulls built a 20-point lead in the first half and pushed it to 30 in the second.

In addition frosh point guard Tre Jones netted 15 points and went 8-for-8 from the free-throw line. "He's able to guard anybody when we switch, and he's on the boards always". The Blue Devils took a 46-39 advantage with 16:29 remaining-then their largest of the night.

In the first game of the night, North Carolina (27-5) entered as one of the hottest teams in college basketball over the last two months with their only loss coming to Virginia on February 11.

Two games in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals Thursday night captured the eyes of Charlotte. ESPN's Joe Lunardi now projects a no. 4 seed for Florida State, so a win over the nation's top team could move the Seminoles up a line in the bracket.

On Sunday afternoon, the selection committee revealed the 68 teams that will be taking part in the 2019 NCAA Tournament. That was the largest margin of defeat UNC had ever sustained in the Williams era. If Duke can get contributions like this from their bench, they will be very tough to beat in March.

(22) AUBURN 81, MISSOURI 71: Bryce Brown scored all 17 of his points in the second half, and Auburn (23-9) beat Missouri (15-17) in the second round of the Southeastern Conference tournament at Nashville, Tennessee.

"I think our league is plenty good enough to have teams in the tournament that have multiple wins". "I want to be out there with them, and I made a commitment to them, and I would be a bad person if I went back on my commitment".

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