PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Grayson Allen and Brandon Ingram get most of the attention, but Marshall Plumlee elevates Duke to the next level.
Plumlee spent most of his final season outside the spotlight, but he stepped into the limelight on Thursday afternoon to help No. 4 seed Duke beat No. 13 seed UNC-Wilmington 93-85 in an NCAA Tournament opener at the Dunkin Donuts Center.
"We have two of the most talented players in the country in Brandon and Grayson," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "I've said a number of times in the second part of the season that our most important player is Marshall. When he plays well, we have a chance. If he plays just OK, then we don't have a chance."