The first game of the first round was plenty entertaining — and Duke , the No. 4 seed in the West, got a real scare from No. 13 UNC-Wilmington on Thursday in Providence.
But the reason why Duke is moving on to play on Saturday? A little bit of Grayson Allen, a little more of Brandon Ingram — and a LOT of Marshall freaking Plumlee.
Marshall Plumlee is taking over! #MarchMadness https://t.co/K7ghKz7MwO
— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 17, 2016
The Duke senior, who recently broke his nose, showed no fear and just dunked all over the Seahawks on Thursday afternoon.
The Blue Devils won 93-85. Plumlee had 23 points, 22 of them seemingly coming on dunks.
Marshall Plumlee with the putback jam!#Duke #MadnessMoments
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— Def Pen Sports (@DefPenSports) March 17, 2016
Huge dunk by Marshall Plumlee. UNCW doesn’t see a lot of players like him in the CAA (vine h/t @sportloop)https://t.co/3cwFQuDIen
— David Gardner (@byDavidGardner) March 17, 2016
Kaboom, kaboom, kaboom. Plumlee also had eight rebounds and three blocks.
The Seahawks had a nice effort, and we had some doubts about who would win this, but down the stretch there were just a few too many mistakes for UNC-Wilmington.
Duke will play the winner of the Baylor-Yale game on Friday.