JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Quick impressions from the first half between No.1 seed Duke and No. 16 Arkansas-Pine Bluff:
Can't say there have been any real surprises so far. Duke is superior in every phase of the game and has methodically asserted its will. The underdog Golden Lions weren't a good shooting team all year, and they've connected on just 24 percent of their attempts in the first half. I don't see anything to suggest that this game will get considerably closer in the final 20 minutes.
Duke has already shot 20 free throws as it continues to pound the ball inside and get hacked. The Blue Devils are owning the backboard, too, with a 22-12 edge.
One difference between these two programs must be the conditioning staff. Sculpted might not be the first word you think of when discussing Duke players, but they look like Olympians compared to Pine Bluff's guys.
Brian Zoubek is really big, and he nearly crashed into me while chasing a ball out of bounds. Had his momentum carried him a couple more feet, I might not be here to type this.