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Top 5 Reasons Why Duke Will Win the 2013 National Championship

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Duke is the No. 1 Team in the Nation

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Did anyone really expect the Duke Blue Devils to be this good in the 2012-13 college basketball season? We all knew they would be good, but this good? Duke is the No. 1 team in the nation, with a record of 15-0. With that great of a start, there should be no doubt in anyone’s mind that the Blue Devils are good enough to win the 2013 national championship. If you’re still not sold, I will give you five reasons why they will do so.

Duke got off to a very fast start by beating the No. 3 Kentucky Wildcats at the time in just the second game of the season, and heck, at the time, we all thought Kentucky was the real deal. With that said, the Blue Devils have defeated three teams from last year’s Final Four, which included three teams ranked in the top five when Duke faced them.

That is unheard of. Duke is off to a great start in ACC play, winning its first two games by an average of 23 points per game. Not too shabby.

The Blue Devils are by far the best team in the conference at this point in the season, since there is only one other team ranked in the ACC. North Carolina State entered the season with a higher ranking than Duke, but lost two games early.

Ever since then, the Wolfpack have been on a roll, but they still don’t look as good as Duke. However, that is not what is in question here. What is in question is why Duke will win the 2013 national championship.

Well, find out by reading on to see the five reasons why they will achieve this feat.

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Two Wooden Award Finalists

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As it stands, the Duke Blue Devils have two Wooden Award finalists. Those two finalists are, of course, Mason Plumlee and Seth Curry.

Curry is putting up 16 points per game, while Plumlee has been in beast mode this season, averaging 17.7 points per game and 11.4 rebounds per game.

These two players alone are good enough to carry the Blue Devils, but there is more talented players on this team.

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5 Solid Starters

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Going off of the last slide, the Blue Devils have a talented player at every position, including five players that are averaging 10 or more points per game.

After Curry and Plumlee, Ryan Kelly, Quinn Cook and Rasheed Sulaimon round out the starting five.

Seriously, who do you guard on this team? All five of these players are very capable of going off on any given night, which is a big reason why Duke is the No. 18 team in the country in points per game, with 79.3.

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Can Play Against Anyone

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It doesn’t matter if Duke is playing a shooting team or a team that loves to dominate the paint because the Blue Devils can play against anyone.

If Duke plays a shooting team, it can do some shooting of its own. Kelly, Cook, Curry and Sulaimon are absolutely lights out from behind the arc. As a team, the Blue Devils are shooting 42.7 percent from the three-point line.

So like most years, Duke is a very good three-point shooting team, but it also has a very reliable big man now.

Mason Plumlee is just as good as any center in the country. Like I said earlier in the article, he is a Wooden Award finalist and he is putting up great numbers.

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Tournament Tested

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Duke has already played three top five teams at the time of playing them and they rocked them all. The Blue Devils beat the Ohio State Buckeyes, Louisville Cardinals and Kentucky Wildcats.

Duke has also beaten very good teams in the VCU Rams, Minnesota Gophers and Temple Owls. The Gophers only have one loss on the season and are ranked No. 8 in the country.

The ACC may be down from previous years, but it is still the ACC and Duke will have played some very good competition in the conference by the time the NCAA tournament takes place.

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Revenge From Last Year's NCAA Tournament

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The Blue Devils entered last year’s dance with a No. 2 seed. However, they managed to fall to a No. 15 seed in just the first round of the tournament. Many players from last year’s team are back and they have not forgotten last season’s embarrassing loss against Lehigh.

Plumlee is a senior, Curry is a senior and guess what? Kelly is a senior as well. However, there are many other returning players from last year’s team.

Duke is on a mission and that mission entails winning the 2013 national championship. A little revenge from last season would also be nice.

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