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Tuesday / April 23.
  • Okafor, Winslow Power Duke to Sweet 16 in Winslow’s Hometown

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    Justise Winslow is going home.

    The Houston native went for 13 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals and 3 blocks and his fellow freshman Jahlil Okafor poured in a game-high 26 points with 3 blocks as No. 1 Duke handled No. 8 San Diego State, 68-49, to advance to the Sweet 16.

    The Blue Devils (31-4) will face No. 5 Utah on Friday in Houston, Winslow’s hometown.

    “Just when the brackets came out I knew it was a possibility of me getting to Houston,” Winslow told BlueDevilNation.net in the video below.

    “But Quinn [Cook] told me there’s no getting to Houston without winning Friday end winning today,┬áso that was my focus and the Houston┬áthing was in the future a little bit but now that it’s here I’m excited to go home.”

    Winslow figures to have numerous family and friends at the game, and a contingent of players from the Houston Hoops AAU program is also working out details on attending.

    “It shouldn’t be too bad,” Winslow said. “Since I arrived at Duke I’ve tried to keep my circle very tight. I should be able to handle all that.”

    FiveThirtyEight.com says Duke now has an 11 percent chance to win the NCAA Tournament, with Kentucky at 41 percent.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.

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