Duke Blue Devils Still Have a Chance at No. 1 Seed in NCAA Tournament

By Trevor Lowry
Mark Dolejs-USA TODAY Sports

The No. 4 Duke Blue Devils may be two and a half games back in the ACC standings, trailing the No. 8 Miami Hurricanes, but they still have a chance at getting a No. 1 seed in the 2013 NCAA tournament.

Sure, Duke has already lost two games in the conference, but they came against two very good teams in the North Carolina State Wolfpack and Miami. Not to mention, both of those games were played on the road for the Blue Devils. Once you turn the tables on both of those teams, they will have a very tough time getting out of Cameron alive.

However, Duke has the biggest non-conference wins in the entire country. The Blue Devils have beaten three top five teams this year, at the time. May I remind you that Kentucky, Louisville and Ohio State all made the Final Four last season. That is just unheard of.

Duke has also beaten the VCU Rams, who have been ranked this year and the Minnesota Gophers, who are currently ranked No. 18 in the country.

This team entered conference play with a perfect 13-0 record. Duke is currently 19-2 on the season with a conference record of 6-2.

You’re not going to find a much better resume than what Duke has. However, for the Blue Devils to be at their best, they need Ryan Kelly to be healthy because Seth Curry and Mason Plumlee can’t carry the load forever. Okay, maybe they can, considering that they both are averaging more than 16 points per game and freshman Rasheed Suliamon (11.8 PPG)  has been great as of late.

Whether the case, Duke is a perfect candidate to be a No. 1 seed in the big dance at this point in the season.


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