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LeVelle Moton said he didn’t want to play Duke. Guess how the bracket turned out. 

By Dan Gartland
March 18, 2019

Good luck with that

North Carolina Central head coach LeVelle Moton has turned his alma mater into a perennial power in the MEAC, leading the Eagles to their third straight NCAA tournament this year. Moton is realistic about his team’s status on the national level, though, and he’s not going to lie about his team’s chances against the best teams in the country. In an interview Saturday on Raleigh’s WRAL, Moton specificially said he wanted no part of Duke. 

“Zion [Williamson]? That’s like me playing with my six-year-old son in his bedroom,” Moton said. 

And when the brackets came out on Sunday, where did the Eagles land? In the First Four against North Dakota State. If they win, they’ll face Duke on Friday.

That was pretty much unavoidable, though. NCCU is easily the worst team in the tournament field this year. The committee ranked it dead last in the field of 68. Duke got the No. 1 overall seed after winning the ACC tournament, so the committee gave the Blue Devils the winner of the play-in game between the two worst teams in the field. 

At least now Moton may get to see Zion up close and see how apt his comparison to his six-year-old is.

It’s been that kind of season for LeBron

How many times have we seen LeBron James with the ball in his hands in the closing seconds, his team trailing by one score? How many times have we seen him get stopped by Mario Hezonja?

That’s basically how this Lakers season has gone, and LeBron is so obviously fed up with it all. His apparent disinterest caught the eye of Knicks broadcaster Clyde Frazier, who made a pretty good point. 

Cincinnati welcomed MLS in grand fashion

MLS expansion club FC Cincinnati had its first home match last night and saw a sold-out crowd set a new club attendance record (breaking the previous mark set last year in USL play). The sight of the fans marching down the street to the stadium was something to behold. 

Everything you need to know about March Madness

It’s finally here, the NCAA tournament. A few teams got snubbed, others didn’t get the sort of seed they probably deserved. Teams on the bubble celebrated their asses off after finding out they got the nod. We even have breakdowns of all 68 teams in the field. The best two days in sports are Thursday and Friday with 16 games each day. If you’re old school and want to print off your bracket, you can do that here. SI also has a way to create a bracket that is incapable of being busted

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