Duke Advances With Win Over North Dakota State

COLUMBIA, SC - MARCH 22: North Dakota State v Duke during the first round of the 2019 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Colonial Life Arena on March 22, 2019 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Lance King) for BDN

The Duke Blue Devils rolled to an 85-62 victory over North Dakota State to advance to the round of 32 this Sunday against the winner of Central Florida and Virginia Commonwealth.

Zion Williamson playing in his home state helped Duke with 25 points, including several highlight dunks.

Duke played a very sluggish first half on offense taking a 31-27 lead into the break over the underdog Bison.  But the Blue Devils came out focussed and overwhelmed North Dakota State in the second half.

R.J. Barrett added a team-high 26 points as Duke outscored the Bison 54-35 in the second half.

The Blue Devils won their 30th game of the season against 5 losses.

Much more to come.  Be sure to check out an exclusive post game chat with Duke assistant coach Nate James on the Blue Devil Nation twitter feed as well as other interviews.