ORLANDO, Fla. — Day one of March Madness and brackets are busting before sundown!
The Duke Blue Devils took down Oral Roberts Golden Eagles Thursday at the Amway Center as they make a run at their Sixth National Championship.
Duke won 74-51 beating Oral Roberts.
“We’re coming for whoever is in our way," Kyle Filipowski said after the win.
Jon Scheyer gets his first NCAA tournament win as Duke’s head coach.
In his first NCAA Tournament game as Krzyzewski's replacement, Scheyer led Duke to a 10th consecutive win and a second-round matchup in the East Region against either fourth-seeded Tennessee or No. 13 seed Louisiana-Lafayette.
Oral Roberts (30-5) entered the tournament on a nation-leading 17-game winning streak but was unable to replicate its success of two years ago when the Golden Eagles upset Ohio State and Florida during a surprising run to the Sweet 16.
Duke scored the first 15 points of the game, Oral Roberts missed 12 straight shots — seven were 3-point attempts — during a 12-minute scoring drought to begin the game. Duke's advantage was never fewer than 13 the rest of the way.
Depleted by injuries for prolonged stretches of the season, Duke improved to 19-1 when Scheyer has his full roster available. While the Blue Devils have excelled defensively all year, their offense has blossomed down the stretch.
Summit League player of the year Max Abmas was limited to 12 points on 4-for-15 shooting for Oral Roberts. The high-scoring Golden Eagles shot just 30.2% from the field, including 8 of 32 from 3-point range.
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