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Duke Blue Devils Deserved No. 1 Overall Seed

Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

The Duke Blue Devils are the deserving No. 1 overall seed for the NCAA tournament despite being given the first No. 2 seed by the selection committee.

Duke had a little trouble away from home, but every top team slipped up a few times away from home. Every Duke loss this season in the ACC was against teams that are either in the NCAA tournament or were on the bubble; the Blue Devils had no bad conference losses. How often is it that a conference has two No. 2 seeds in the same tournament?

Look at their record against non-conference opponents. The Blue Devils were 13 -0 against a very strong non-conference schedule. Eight of the thirteen non-conference teams they beat are in the NCAA tournament, including the No. 1 overall seed, the Louisville Cardinals. Throw in a win over fellow No. 2 seed and Big 10 champions, the Ohio State Buckeyes, and Duke has pretty much already won the NCAA tournament. The Blue Devils have defeated the Big East (Louisville), Big 10 (Ohio State), Southern (Davidson), and Atlantic Sun (Florida Gulf Coast) conference-tournament champions already this season (not to mention that they defeated the eventual ACC champions, the Miami Hurricanes). How can they not be the No. 1 overall seed?

It doesn’t matter to the Blue Devils where they are seeded. Duke is on the path to Atlanta and will make the Final Four with relative ease, no matter who they play. There is not a team in the country that has proven itself more against tough opposition than Duke, and they should have been the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA tournament.