The Duke Blue Devils opened the NCAA tournament with one of the most watched and speculated upon 1 versus 16 match-ups ever.
This was not because of the match-up or even that Duke is one of the most loved and most hated teams in the country. It was because freshmen phenom Kyrie Irving was making his unexpected return to the line-up.
Irving missed 26 games and there was some thought he would not make it back this season. He began practicing with the team leading up to the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship game. He worked with the team all week as well before Coach Mike Krzyzewski announced Thursday that Irving would return to the Blue Devils rotation. (Continue…)