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.
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!