Can The Duke Blue Devils Come Back And Win The ACC Conference Title?

By brianpalmer
Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Duke has seven games remaining this season to try and overtake Miami (FL) for the ACC Conference Title, but will that be enough time for them to make the miracle leap?

Given how strong Miami has been this season, the chances of the Blue Devils being able to overtake them and win the title outright are slim to none. The Hurricanes have too much talent, and outside of the teams’ rematch at Cameron Indoor Stadium on March 2nd and their forthcoming tilt against 18-6 Virginia on February 19th, there aren’t any games on their schedule that suggest they should be worried about losing.

That being said, the Hurricanes have slipped up twice this season by losing to Florida Gulf Coast and in overtime to Indiana State (their third loss, to then 4th-ranked Arizona, wasn’t a slip up) so there is always the chance that one of their other remaining opponents could serve as an excellent trap game for them.

Duke’s road could pose more problems however. They not only have to face North Carolina on the road, in addition to their battle with Miami next month, but they also will have to face Virginia and a 17-7 Maryland squad that will be looking to stick it to them. They will have the benefit of playing lowly Virginia Tech twice, but a similarly inept team–Boston College–nearly defeated the Blue Devils over the weekend, so no games will be considered cakewalks for Duke the rest of the way.

Don’t bet on the Blue Devils finishing alone atop the ACC standings. Too much would have to go right for them, and too much would have to go wrong for the Hurricanes, in order for that to happen. But if they can take down the Hurricanes next month, win the rest of their games and have Miami slip up against Virginia next week, then they can at least be named co-champions with the Hurricanes.

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