Can Anyone Threaten Duke for the ACC Champtionship?

By brandonmoultrie
Mark Dolejs-USA TODAY Sports

By now, most college basketball fans have seen that the Duke Blue Devils have a really good basketball team this year.  The No. 1 ranked team in the country, Duke has dominated the competition in impressive fashion. Whether you’re among those that hate Duke, or whether you’re among those that love them, there’s no disputing that the Blue Devils come to play each night.

The most impressive thing I’ve seen with this basketball team is their discipline.  They’re unlike most elite teams.  They don’t have one player like a Jason Williams or Austin Rivers who is athletically superior to everyone else.  They have a group of guys who are largely equal in talent, but they play the most together, unselfish basketball I’ve seen in a long time.

The obvious reason for the togetherness with which they play is coach Mike Krzyzewski, who is arguably the greatest basketball coach of all time.  But with the personalities of the players on the team itself, they just seem to bring a winning attitude to the court, and they appear to thoroughly enjoy playing with one another.

With Duke showing the focus, grit, and skill that they’ve shown all season long, you glance at their regular season schedule and wonder if there’s an ACC team with a chance to compete with the Dukies for an ACC title.  But there are three notable trap teams that could give Duke a scare as the season progresses.

After their first loss to N.C. State today, their next toughest game will be Feb. 2nd at Florida State.  Under coach Leonard Hamilton, FSU has had Duke’s number at the Leon County Civic Center.  On Feb. 16th, Duke travels to Maryland.  The Terps have shown tremendous upside this season, and have wins against some impressive programs so far.  Duke will need to be at their best as they travel to College Park.  Lastly, the obvious end of the year showdown at North Carolina – as rivals, records will be thrown out and the game will be won by who brings their best on that particular night.

Can we expect an ACC team to trip up Duke for the ACC Championship?  Not likely!

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