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Texas - Duke Game Thread

The game tips in Portland at 4:30 PM CDT, and airs on ESPN.

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Shaka Smart and the Texas Longhorns get the second round PK80 match-up that they surely wanted;they get a shot at the AP No. 1 ranked Duke Blue Devils.

The Blue Devils have a roster that blends senior All-American candidate Grayson Allen with a number of exceptionally talented freshmen. After a disappointing junior campaign, Allen has started off the season on a tear, scoring from all over the floor. It certainly helps that Allen can move back to his more natural wing position thanks to the arrival of freshman point guard Trevon Duval, who has been steady with the ball so far this season. 6'6 freshman wing Gary Trent will likely be overshadowed by a few of his teammates over the course of the year, but he can knock down shots from outside and is a threat to go off in any given game.

On the inside Mike Krzyzewski has a pair of talented freshmen big men in Marvin Bagley III and Wendell Carter. Bagley stands a decent chance of being the No. 1 overall pick in the upcoming NBA draft, and Bagley and Carter have been murdering opponents on the offensive glass to start the season.

The Longhorns better be ready.

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