With a week left to go in the college basketball regular season, the Cameron Crazies knew their beloved Duke Blue Devils still had a chance to capture a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament, but all the dreams of being a tournament front-runner were dashed when the Blue Devils lost on the road to the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. The loss marks only the Blue Devils’ third loss in the last 14 games, but proves troubling, as the loss comes against a team ranked outside the RPI top 125.
Duke’s loss to the Demon Deacons proved to be the classic look ahead game, as the Blue Devils get set to try and avenge an earlier season loss in the tobacco road rivalry, but the loss should still sting for a team that still has a lot to play for. Tyler Cavanaugh led the upset bid with 20 points and six rebounds, while Travis McKie aided in the winning effort with 19 points and four boards. In spite of the loss, Duke’s superstar trio produced in usual fashion, as Jabari Parker, Rodney Hood and Rasheed Sulaimon combined for 49 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists. Even with a solid performance, the Blue Devils were unable to close late when the team went scoreless at a critical juncture in the game.
The loss proves to be Duke’s worst loss of the season on paper, but how much does this loss really matter in the grand scheme of things? The loss should prove to be just an aberration in a season that has been filled with upsets, and while the team is out of contention for a No. 1 seed, the team is still very much alive in the hunt for a national championship.
For people that have not a clue what they are doing when it comes to filling out a bracket, Duke is a popular choice due to name value alone, which could carry some weight this year, as the Blue Devils are equipped for a deep run in the NCAA tournament.
Greg Douglas is a College Basketball writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on twitter @thegpd93 or add him to your Google Network.