The Blue Devils gathered Sunday night at the University Club in Durham for a team dinner and to watch the NCAA tournament selection show. After finishing the regular season ranked No. 1 in strength of schedule and in the RPI, Duke’s reward was a No. 2 seed in the bracket with the top overall team. The Blue Devils’ quest for the program’s fifth title will begin in Philadelphia, where they will play No. 15 Albany (24-10) Friday. Should Duke advance, the winner of the Cincinnati-Creighton matchup awaits. Louisville is the top overall seed in the tournament and the No. 1 in the Midwest region with Duke. The Blue Devils beat Louisville 76-71 on Nov. 24 in the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament final (the Cardinals were missing center Gorgui Dieng). Michigan State is the No. 3, and Atlantic 10 champion St. Louis is the No. 4. Potential Sweet 16 and Elite Eight games will be in Indianapolis.
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