Of course, when the pre-season of College Hoops comes around, you expected to see North Carolina at the top of early predictions.
And you did.
But will that be the case? This year Duke has a new revitalized look that will surprise people, and ultimately, lead them to the top.
TOP 5 REASONS DUKE WILL WIN THE ACC:
5. A team that stays together, wins together
It hasn't even been mid-season and Duke has already had some adversity. Duke guard Andre Dawkins had to take a leave from the team after the death of his sister. She died on the way to the Duke-St. Johns game, in a horrible traffic accident. A week later, Dawkins is out on the floor and has 16 points in 24 minutes of play.
4. Turnovers is the name to the game
Duke senior guard Jon Scheyer has a staggering 8-1 assist-to-turnover ratio. With those kind of statistics, you won't lose many games. Scheyer is the nation's most underrated player, and he is having a huge year this year.
3. Smart Shooting = W's
Duke has a very good field goal shooting percentage of .48, and smart shooting like this will win you more games. Now I know this number will probably go down come conference play, but Coach K has these guys playing smart ball.
2. This is a Coach K team
Anytime you are being coached by one of the all-time greats in basketball, you know you will always have a chance to win. Coach K has a team right now that is playing very good basketball. Look for this team to continue their winning ways.
1. Senior Leadership
No player on this squad has beaten North Carolina twice in a row. Most of the players haven't beaten them once. Seniors like Kyle Singler and Jon Scheyer will pull this team together, and they as a team, will be ACC Regular Season Champions.
So where will the Duke Blue Devils end up in the postseason? I predict a Final Four for Duke. But only time will tell.