As a long time Duke fan I’m looking @ the Blue Devil’s chances this year as the No. 2 Seed in the East and offer the following thoughts...
Round No. 1: There actually HAVE been No. 2 seeds knocked off by No. 15 Seeds but I don’t see it happening here...the Binghampton BearsCats, in their first appearance in the Big Dance are surely the real deal.
They have quality wins within their conference and even knocked off Rutgers, Vermont, and Tulane out of conference, and their leading scorer led their league with 20 ppg., however they are a relatively weak rebounding team—something Duke is not known for either!
I believe that the BearCats will do themselves proud and worthy of Tony Kornheiser’s jersey-popping endorsement as they went into their conference tournament finals, but alas they will come up rather short against the peaking Blue Devils, who are coming off one of their best and consistent scoring efforts, as well as incredibly low turnover total this season.
The Blue Devils advance onto the next round to meet either Texas or Minnesota!
Round No. 2: In the next round it’s hard to say who to will prevail here, so let’s take a look at Duke versus either, or both of them.
TEXAS endured a lackluster season by past season’s comparisons but they showed glimmers of glamour when they beat Oklahoma, but on that day they did not have Blake Griffin to deal with.
The Longhorns do not possess the offensive prowess of last years team and is no threat to make many Trifectas and they don’t sport much of a low post threat, so the Dukies will be in their element.
The most interesting win for them this year was against ‘Nova, who I believe would be a formidable foe for the Blue Devils. So, I am more concerned about ‘Nova after Duke handles the LongHorns. That is, of course, if they get past Minnesota.
MINNESOTA: I was happy when Tubby Smith landed in a program he could mold in his own style and he has done so with the Golden Gophers.
This team sports little veterans but has embraced Tubby’s swarming pressurized defense and can only become better, led by their Big 10 All-Defensive forward, who should prove to be an intimidating presence to any effort by Duke to drive the basket, but there’s where the Blue Devil Trifecta game comes in so handy.
I think that if Minnesota handles Texas, they may very well present a formidable foe to make Duke earn yet another Sweet 16 berth and onto Boston—and earn it they most certainly will!