This article is part of our Sweet 16 Preview series.
Site: Washington, D.C.
Tipoff: Friday, March 29
As is the case with the West Region, the East's top seeds held serve through two games and we'll have a star-studded, chalky Sweet 16 in the nation's capital. Just three lower seeds won opening round games, with none surviving the Round of 32, and the top two seeds enter Friday's games as the two biggest favorites of the day. Is there anything standing in the way of a Duke-Michigan State collision in the Elite 8?
No.1 Duke vs. No. 4 Virginia Tech
Key Matchup: Virginia Tech guard Justin Robinson vs. Duke guard Tre Jones. Robinson came off of the bench in both games last weekend, being eased back into action for the first time since late January. He looked a bit more like himself against Liberty, going for 13 points, four rebounds and two steals, but did commit six turnovers over the opening weekend. He'll likely need to be better against the defensive-minded Jones, who has also seen an uptick in offensive usage as teams dare Duke to shoot. Jones has hoisted 12 or more shots in four of his last five games, but has hit just 23-of-60 (38.3 percent) during that stretch. It's possible these two cancel each other out, but a big game from either will likely have their team on the winning side.
Duke will win IF: It bullies the Hokies on the interior. I expect Virginia Tech will play