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In theory, the best case scenario for every team in college basketball is to win the national title, but only a few squads can legitimately say they have a chance to accomplish that.
Duke is one of those squads.
The Blue Devils have an enticing mix of young and raw talent and players who have been in critical moments before. Jabari Parker can be the best freshman this side of Andrew Wiggins, Rodney Hood could prove to be the most underrated player in the ACC, Rasheed Sulaimon and Quinn Cook could provide consistency as third and fourth options and the rotation of big guys could hold their own against elite opponents.
Assuming good health, the Blue Devils’ worst case scenario is still better than many teams’ best cases.
There is no way Coach K doesn’t make the NCAA tournament with all of this talent, but an early upset isn’t out of the question. If Duke was to run into a team loaded with overpowering big men in its second postseason game, it could find itself on the losing end of a physical battle. After all, the Devils were 213th in the country in rebounding last year, and if that rears its ugly head in March, we could see an early exit.