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Three things to watch for in Duke at Virginia

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Three things to watch for in Duke at Virginia

It's a battle of ACC heavyweights as No. 2 Duke visits No. 3 Virginia Saturday night in Charlottesville, Va. In case you need more incentive, here's three reasons to watch Duke at Virginia.

1. Two words: Zion Williamson. The definition of a one-man wrecking crew, Williamson has only solidified his status as the favorite to go No. 1 in the 2019 NBA Draft since donning Duke blue. Beyond the dozens of highlight-reel dunks, he's stuffing the stat sheet with 22.0 points, 9.4 rebounds, 2.2 steals and 2.0 blocks per game. 

2. However, Williamson and the high-flying Duke offense will be facing the best defense in the land; UVA holds opponents to a Divsion I-leading 52.9 points per game. In addition, the Cavaliers have the nation's third-best opponent field goal percentage (37.0), trailing only Texas Tech and Houston in that category. Expect the Blue Devils to put up some points, but UVA will certainly make it tough sledding for them.

3. When these two get together, you already know you're in for an instant classic. Both teams feature some of the NCAA's best pro prospects: five players in this game alone could be first round picks come June 20. In their first clash this season at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Jan. 19, the lead changed 15 times before the Blue Devils pulled out a narrow 72-70 victory. Will the Cavaliers get revenge in their home gym? 

Tip-off is set for 6:00 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on ESPN. 

Duke at Virginia How to Watch

What: Duke Blue Devils at Virginia Cavaliers

Where: John Paul Jones Arena, Charlottesville, Va.

When: 6:00 p.m. ET

TV Channel: ESPN

Duke at Virginia Preview

Conference: Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC)

Record: Duke (20-2, 8-1), Virginia (20-1, 8-1)

Last Game: 80-55 win vs. Boston College, 2/5 (Duke), 56-46 win vs. Miami, 2/2 (Virginia)

Leading Scorers: RJ Barrett, 23.0 ppg (Duke) De'Andre Hunter, 14.7 ppg (Virginia)

Duke at Virginia Betting Odds/Lines 

Spread: Virginia -2

Over/Under: 135

(Betting lines via BetOnline.ag)

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Zion Williamson blows out his shoe, leaves Duke vs. UNC with knee injury

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Zion Williamson blows out his shoe, leaves Duke vs. UNC with knee injury

Nothing and no one had been able to stop Zion Williamson in his freshman season with the Duke Blue Devils. That is except for his left shoe. 

Like everything the 6-7 forward has done this season, ripping out of his shoe was impressive.

Shoes don't do that. But of course things are not normal when it comes to Williamson.

After one comprehends what happened to the foot accessory, there is the result of the play that happened in the opening moment of Duke vs. UNC. Williamson grabbed the back of his right knee and had a serious concerned look.

The projected No. 1 pick of the 2019 NBA draft immediately left the contest only 33 seconds into the game. Not too long after he was ruled out for the contest. The initial reaction though is not good. 

As the overwhelming top prospect in the college game, this injury could have huge ramifications on the NBA Draft. Of course it is too early to assume anything on his injury status, but this is right on the heels of the national conversation on if Williamson should shut down the remainder of the Blue Devils' 2019 season. 

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America East Tournament Bracket 2019, How to watch, Dates, Preview, Location

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America East Tournament Bracket 2019, How to watch, Dates, Preview, Location

Last year's America East tournament allowed us to witness the greatest upset in NCAA Tournament history when the No. 16 UMBC Retrivers upset the No. 1 overall seed, the Virginia Cavaliers. 

The 2019 America East tournament will likely have more eyeballs on it as a result. 

Once again this conference likely remains a single-bid league. After several seasons of the Vermont Catatmounts running away with the league and having at-large bid potential, their resume this season is lacking a quality win. That is not to say that Vermont is not good. To the contrary they are still the class of the America East conference. 

They do have one conference loss though... to UMBC on their home court. 

The Retrivers are also good again. So are the Stony Brook Seawolves, who may even be in line for an NIT at-large bid if they cannot get the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. 

Unlike last season, there are question marks in Vermont's ability to make it to March Madness.

Oh and we're due for some fireworks. That memorable UMBC tournament upset would not have happened without another Retriver upset. Jarius Lyles nailed a miracle buzzer-beater to knock off the top seeded Vermont Catamounts for the 2018 championship and the automatic bid. 

AMERICA EAST TOURNAMENT 2019 INFORMATION:

When is the 2019 America East Tournament?

The America East Tournament is March 9, 12, and 16. The America East Championship game is on Saturday, March 16.

Where is the 2019 America East Tournament?
The America East Tournament is hosted at the higher seed of each match-up. The No. 1 seed has homecourt advantage throughout the tournament.

How to watch the 2019 America East Tournament?

The America East Tournament has not announced where there tournament will be broadcast or streamed. 

Who is the defending 2018 America East Champion?

The UMBC Retreivers won the 2018 America East Tournament championship. They advanced to the NCAA Tournament and upset No. 1 seed Virginia.

AMERICA EAST TOURNAMENT 2019 BRACKET:

America East Tournament Quarterfinals (3/9)
 - No. 1 seed vs. No. 8 seed
 - No. 2 seed vs. No. 7 seed
 - No. 3 seed vs. No. 6 seed
 - No. 4 seed vs. No. 5 seed

America East Tournament Semifinals (3/12)
 - Highest remaing seed vs. lowest remaining seed
 - Second highest remaining seed vs. second lowest remaining seed

America East Tournament Championship (3/16)
 - Semifinal winner vs. semifinal winner

AMERICA EAST TOURNAMENT 2019 PREVIEW:

Preview will be released upon the completion of the 2019 regular season.

PICK: TBD

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