Despite many believing that the Duke Blue Devils would struggle with the UNC-Wilmington Seahawks, the defending national champions pulled off a big win over the No. 13 seed Colonial Athletic Association champion in the Round of 64.
The Blue Devils have been undermanned for most of the season and they came into the game knowing they could be in trouble. After trailing, 43-40 at the half, the Blue Devils, led by senior forward Marshall Plumlee, rallied in the second half to pull off the 93-85 victory over the Seahawks.
Plumlee had a weak showing in the first half, but he came out as a different player in the second. His strong second half helped him finish with 23 points and eight rebounds.
Sophomore guard Grayson Allen also finished the game with a double-double as he scored 23 points and recorded 10 rebounds. He helped the Blue Devils win their first game as a No. 4 seed or lower as they came in with an 0-3 record as a No. 4 seed or lower since 1987.
Duke will now wait for Saturday where they will play the winner of Baylor and Yale.
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