This college basketball season has been wide open. The result is a variety of teams vying for top seeds in the NCAA tournament. Though seeding isn’t necessarily correlated to success in the tournament, it does decrease the likelihood of an unfavorable matchup. As vulnerable as the Blue Devils are to certain types of teams, seeding could mean an awful lot.
As Duke opens play in the ACC tournament, the Blue Devils can either improve or devalue their stock in the eyes of the selection committee. The results of other conference tournaments will certainly play a role, but Duke has the chance to strengthen its case for a good seed this weekend.
At this point in time Duke could end up as a No. 1, No. 2, No. 3 or No. 4 seed. Their performance in the ACC tournament will go a long way to deciding which of those seeds the Blue Devils end up occupying. So let’s lay out the scenarios for what Duke needs to do in the ACC tournament in order to get each of those seeds.