Duke Basketball: Where Blue Devils' Projected Starters Rank vs. ACC Competition

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Duke Basketball: Where Blue Devils' Projected Starters Rank vs. ACC Competition
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The ACC keeps loading up year after year, and Duke basketball occasionally showed the fatigue of running through the minefield last season. Early conference woes and a quick exit from the NCAA tournament brand 2013-14 as a disappointing campaign in Durham.

With the nation's top recruiting class in tow, coach Mike Krzyzewski is trying to assemble a team strong enough to accomplish both a dominant ACC run and a lengthy winning streak in March. It appears he's got more than enough pieces in place to do both, but with all this talent comes a dilemma: Who gets the call to pace the Blue Devils out to a hot start every night?

The potential is there for Duke to have one of the nation's most potent lineups, but how does one likely starting five stack up against those throughout the ACC?

Much like we did for Kentucky vs. the SEC a few weeks ago, we're going to project the optimal starting lineup for the Blue Devils, along with every other team in the ACC. Then, we're going to rank each Duke starter among a group of his peers and determine which school will boast the best five.

It sounds simple. It's not. But, it can be easily replicated with alterations to any school's starting lineup, so feel free to suggest alterations in the comments.

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