Bracketology (Feb. 21, 2019)

"His shoe just exploded!"

Yes, rather than discussing the actual Duke/UNC game, most people (and rightfully so) were focused on a potentially NCAA career-ending knee injury for Zion Williamson. UNC soundly defeated Duke, 88-72, with much of the advantage coming from Duke being shell-shocked from Zion's injury just 34 seconds into the contest.

How this affects Duke long term is unknown, but it's a big blow. More than anything, Zion's athleticism on the defensive end and his rim presence was especially missed against the Tar Heels. If Duke can't solve its defensive woes minus Zion, the Blue Devils will see a significant drop in results. That said, it's not like Coach K has a bunch of 2-star recruits, folks. He's bringing ol' 4- and 5-star recruits off the bench that had dozens of NCAA offers. While none of them are Zion, it's not like the cupboard is bare.

Duke remains the No. 1 team in the field -- the resume is just that good -- while the Tar Heels stay on the No. 2 line (but jump Michigan State on the S-curve). In fact, the top four lines remained the same with minor shuffling. There was minor movement in the 5-6-7 lines while, per usual, the 10-12 lines tend to be a revolving door.

Last Four Byes: Temple, Murray State, Lipscomb, Arizona State
Last Four In: Seton Hall, Alabama, NC State, Furman
First Four Out: Utah State, UCF, Nebraska, Butler
Next Four Out: Clemson, Toledo, Nebraska, Georgetown

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