Release: March 15, 2009
The entire 65-team field was announced on CBS, which will televise Binghamton's game live on Thursday.
The team watched Sunday night's bracket unveiling on three giant screens at the Events Center with an estimated 600+ of BU faithful, who one day earlier, celebrated Binghamton's historic America East championship win over UMBC.
Binghamton will carry an 11-game win streak, third longest current streak in the country, into its first NCAA appearance at any level in 63 years of basketball.
"I went to church this morning and this is NOT what I prayed for," head coach Kevin Broadus said with a chuckle. "We've got to play someone so why not play one of the best? We're excited and elated to be in the field. We're not just going to participate ... we're going to play and give it our all."
Duke is coming off their 17th ACC Championship with a win on Sunday over Florida State. The Blue Devils feature junior wing Gerald Henderson (16.6 ppg.), an first team All-ACC selection. The Blue Devils also have sophomore forward Kyle Singler (16.7 ppg., 7.7 rpg.), a second-team All-ACC pick. Duke is ranked ninth in the nation in scoring margin and eighth in turnover margin.
The Blue Devils are coached by Mike Krzyzewski, who is in his 29th year at Duke and has won three national championships (1991, 1992, 2001). This is Krzyzewski's 26th NCAA tournament appearance. Duke is ranked eighth in the ESPN/USA Today Poll and ninth in the AP Poll as of March 9.
The Bearcats are led by a trio of all-conference players. Junior guard D.J. Rivera (20.0 ppg.), a Mid-Major All-American (Foxsports.com) was the Most Outstanding Player of the America East Championship. Junior guard Emanuel Mayben, who averages 11.5 points and 4.6 assists, was a second team America East all-star and all-tournament selection. Senior forward Reggie Fuller was perfect from the field in the America East tournament (13-for-13) and earned all-tournament honors. Fuller played a huge role in the title game win, producing 19 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks. He averages 10.2 ppg. and 7.1 rpg.
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