Duke Basketball: 5-Step Plan to Locking Up a No. 1 Seed in the NCAA Tourney

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Duke Basketball: 5-Step Plan to Locking Up a No. 1 Seed in the NCAA Tourney
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The success of each season for the Duke Blue Devils is measured by how well they fare in the NCAA tournament. Of course, a deep tournament run is made much easier by locking up a No. 1 seed.

In fact, three of Duke’s four national championships have come from the No. 1 seed position. The outlier, the 1991 title, came from the No. 2 seed spot.

It follows, therefore, that for Duke to ensure that this season’s early success is matched by a title run in the NCAA tournament, the Blue Devils’ best bet is to lock up a No. 1 seed. That’s almost assured so long as Duke wins either the ACC regular season or ACC tournament or both.

Of course success in the ACC is easier said than done.

In order to merit one of the four top seeds by winning the ACC regular season or ACC tournament title, Duke must focus on the following five areas.

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