Duke Will Struggle to Get a No. 1 Seed

By Anthony Lenahan
Jim O’Connor-USA Today Sports

With March Madness inching closer and closer every day, teams are becoming more and more worried about if they will make the tournament and if they are currently a lock in the tournament, they need to worry about what seed they will be.  The Duke Blue Devils are one of those teams who are currently in the tournament and are fighting for that top overall spot.

They were a definite one seed until they feel on the road to Maryland and dropped all the way to No. 6 in the rankings.  The top 4 teams in the AP poll are not automatically the four No. 1 seeds in the NCAA tournament, but it is a strong indication.

Currently at sixth in the country and not playing their best basketball, Duke has a lot of work to do if they want to get a one seed.  The Blue Devils have a great resume with a lot of top tier wins, but those came early in the season when they had Ryan Kelly.

Kelly’s status is unknown and without him, Duke does not deserve a one seed or in fact a two seed.  Also they will struggle to get a one seed without him in the line-up because they are struggling in every single game they play without him.

The Blue Devils still have to go on the road to Virginia and North Carolina while also getting a rematch with Miami at home.  The Blue Devils can potentially loss all three of those games and will have to win at least two of them to even been in the No. 1 seed conversation.

Also Miami is looking pretty for a No. 1 seed and you don’t see two number one seeds from the same conference to often.  Especially when it is from an ACC conference that is having a down year.

Duke at most can lose one more game and have to win the ACC tournament to get a one seed along with some help from other teams, but I just don’t see that happening without Kelly.

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