5 Reasons Why Duke Will Win the 2014 NCAA Tournament

5 Reasons Why Duke Will Win the 2014 NCAA Tournament

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The No. 3 seed in the Midwest, the Duke Blue Devils, will have a tough time making it to the Final Four after being drawn in a group with Kentucky, Louisville, Wichita State and Michigan. However, they have what it takes to make a deep 2014 NCAA tournament run and even win it all. Here are five reasons they can do so.

5. Bracket Position

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5. Bracket Position

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All season long, Duke has struggled against top college basketball defenses. However, the Midwest region is filled with great offensive teams who are just average defensive teams. The best defense in the Midwest is Tennessee, and they have to play in the First Four to even make it to the Big Dance.

4. Strength of Schedule

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4. Strength of Schedule

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Duke has played a lot of good teams so far this season, and that will help them in the Big Dance. They have wins over UCLA and Michigan already.

3. Coach K

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3. Coach K

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There may not be a better coach in all of college basketball than Mike Krzyzewski for the Blue Devils. If anyone can lead a team to victory in the difficult Midwest region, it’s Coach K.

2. Defense

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2. Defense

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The Blue Devils are allowing opponents less than 70 points per game. With players like Jabari Parker and Rodney Hood on their roster, getting over 70 points to win is pretty easy.

1. Jabari Parker

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1. Jabari Parker

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Parker is, in my opinion, the best player in college basketball. He’s going to show off in the tournament and could lead this team to a national championship.

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  • Mark Justice

    nevermind

  • Mark Justice

    Duke always–always–plays a soft schedule. When K schedules a road game it is almost always at a neutral site.