Former UGA running back Todd Gurley doesn’t have his alma mater to cheer for in the 2016 NCAA tournament, so he’s backing the Duke Blue Devils instead.
Gurley posted a good luck message for Duke on Instagram just before the team’s first-round, 93-85 win against UNC-Wilmington:
It’s not the first time he has admitted he’s a fan of the Duke basketball program. Gurley attended high school in Tarboro, N.C., and told reporters in November that he picked the Blue Devils as his favorite basketball team (thanks to video games) without even knowing he lived close to the university.
“I had just moved to North Carolina and they had the whole March Madness, so I used to play it,” Gurley told reporters, via Brandon Bate of Turf Show Times. “I just used to play with those guys and then maybe three years later, so that was like eighth grade and I found out they were in Durham, so I was like, ‘Oh snap, that’s pretty cool.’”
Duke was one of several schools to extend an offer to Gurley when he was a four-star running back recruit and the No. 74 overall prospect in the Class of 2012, according to the 247 Sports Composite rankings. But he instead landed at UGA, where he earned First-Team All-SEC honors as a true freshman.