Duke Basketball: 5 Potential Wild Cards for Blue Devils in 2014 NCAA Tournament

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Duke Basketball: 5 Potential Wild Cards for Blue Devils in 2014 NCAA Tournament
Gerry Broome/Associated Press

Never underestimate the potential for Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski to flash an exasperated look, as pictured above in the Blue Devils' ACC tournament loss to Virginia.

The NCAA tournament can bring out the cranky in any coach when things aren't going his way, and Duke's treacherous path through a loaded Midwest Region packs plenty of stress potential. While freshman forward Jabari Parker and wingman Rodney Hood command most of the spotlight, all the Blue Devils will need to produce to get Duke to Dallas for the Final Four.

And that includes these five guys who don't have the notoriety of their celebrated teammates but will prove every bit as important. If these wild-card players are on their games, Duke can contend for the national championship. If not, there is no shortage of loaded teams capable of sending the Devils home early.

 

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