Duke's junior power forward struggled for portions of the regular season, but came up big for the Blue Devils when it mattered most with his defense and rebounding.
The three keys for the Blue Devils in their Round of 32 matchup are getting out in transition, switching defenses and moving after feeding the post.
The Blue Devils will head to Hilton Head, S.C., looking to defend their title in the event from last season.
Grayson Allen bested his career high by halftime, scoring 27 points as the Blue Devils routed the Demon Deacons on Senior Night for Quinn Cook.
For 20 minutes, it looked like Duke had what it took to upset the second-ranked team in the nation, but turnovers and poor shooting ended the upset bid in the second half.
The November Rookie of the Month tore his ACL Monday night.
The Blue Devils did not have their best game, but when it counted they dug down to fend off defending champion Connecticut.