Texas Longhorns versus Duke Blue Devils Preview

NCAA Basketball Tournament - Minnesota Golden Gophers v Texas Longhorns

I’ve got a good friend names Steve. After growing up in San Antonio, he went to school at Duke. He’s a calm, quiet-spoken fellow, until you get him talking about Duke basketball.

He instantly turns into a rapid Duke fan. It must be something they put in the water there.

Second Round, East Regional
Texas Longhorns versus Duke Blue Devlis
Greensboro, NC
Saturday, March 21, 2009, 7:15pm

It’s time for Round Two of March Madness. Here are links to previews of the game. (See my own prediction below the links.)

Barking Carnival

Burnt Orange Nation


Sporting News

The Austin American Statesman

News 8 Austin

KVUE Austin

Dallas Morning News

Houston Chronicle


Fort Worth Star Telegram

The Washington Post

NCAA Basketball Tournament - Minnesota Golden Gophers v Texas Longhorns

The New York Times


Winston Salem Journal


Gaston Gazette

Fayetteville Observer

The State

Orlando Sentinel

Go Duke

The ACC & SEC Blog

The Online Wire

Best Sports Betting News

Bet Firms


I’ll update this list as additional previews come in today.

NCAA First Round: Minnesota Golden Gophers v Texas Longhorns

There has been considerable gnashing of teeth over the draw of Duke in the second round. Unfortunately, this is what happens with you’re a seventh seed.

Of the second seeds, however, Duke is about as good as it gets for Texas. Their inside game is relatively weak, which could lead to a monster of a game for Dexter Pittman.

Duke doesn’t make many mistakes, however. Texas will need to play one of their most consistent games of the season to still be around in the closing minutes.

We also can’t be one dimensional. We need good games from both Pittman and Abrams. Some performance at point guard would certainly help.

I’m not ready to predict a win by Texas, but I won’t be surprised if it happens.

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