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2014 NCAA Tournament Profile: Duke Blue Devils





Record: 26-8

RPI: 6

BPI: 8

Conference: ACC

How They Qualified: At-Large Berth

Region: No. 3 seed in Midwest

 

Jabari Parker showed early on he was not only going to be one of the best freshman in college hoops, but player as well. Parker has been great all season long, but he is not alone. Rodney Hood has also emerged in a big way. Both players are averaging 16 or more points per game.

Duke may have lost to teams like Kansas and Arizona early on –two of the best teams in the NCAA tournament– but it has rebounded in a big way ever since.

 

What You Need to Know:

Leading Scorer: Jabari Parker (19.2 ppg)

Leading Rebounder: Jabari Parker (8.8 rpg)

Leading Passer: Quinn Cook (4.3 apg)

Bad Losses: Notre Dame, Wake Forest

Good Wins: Michigan, UCLA, Virginia, Syracuse, North Carolina

 

This may not be one of the most dominant Duke teams of all time, but it can still beat anyone in college basketball. The Blue Devils showed that when they only lost to Syracuse by two points in overtime. A loss is a loss, but the Orange were still undefeated up until that point and Duke was playing on the road. Plus, Duke got revenge later in the year by beating Syracuse at Cameron.

Players like Hood and Parker could go off for 30+ points, so it will be interesting to see how teams guard them. Rasheed Sulaimon may not get the credit he deserves, but he has a great shot (41.3 percent from behind the arc) and opposing teams will regret leaving him open every time.

Duke is one of the highest ranked teams in the nation for a reason, people. However, rankings don’t mean anything once the tourney starts and I am sure Mike Krzyzewski will be telling his team that. You know, since Duke lost to a No. 15 seed just two tournaments ago…in the second round.

The Duke Blue Devils are dancing!

 

Trevor Lowry is a Senior Writer and Copy Editor at RantSports.com. If you’re a tweeter feel free to follow him @TheTrevorLowry or add him to your network on Google.