Duke Is a No. 1 Seed Get Over It

Mike KlineAnalyst IMarch 15, 2010

GREENSBORO, NC - MARCH 14:  The Duke Blue Devil is shown during a game against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in the championship game of the 2010 ACC Men's Basketball Tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum on March 14, 2010 in Greensboro, North Carolina.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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Duke is a number one seed and they shouldn't have to apologize for it.

Kentucky Coach John Calipari, while on the Dan Patrick show Monday, said he was surprised the Blue Devils got the No. 1 seed over West Virginia.

The Mountaineers coach agreed with Calipari in as many words saying he didn't see how his club didn't get a top seed in the tournament. You can only deduce that he felt they deserved it more than Duke as you can't really justify taking top seeds from anyone else.

Even the media is chiming in with conspiracy theories such as one from the Kansas City Star (http://www.kansascity.com/2010/03/13/1813273/ncaa-caves-to-tv-pressure-by-going.html ) that claims Duke got an easier draw in the tournament so CBS could make more money.

This is Duke after all; the team everyone loves to hate, so might as well get your shots in. It would be one thing if Duke wasn't deserving of a top seed but how do you deny them?

They've won 11 of their last 12 games, so on the how did they do over their last 10 games criteria they get a check.

They won a share of the regular season title and topped if off Sunday by winning their second consecutive ACC Tournament Title.

The Blue Devils have been in the top 10 all year long, they've been in the RPI top five for most of the year, and they also have one of the better strength of schedules of any team in the tournament.

Add in the fact you have three of the best players in the country and a Hall of Fame coach and those sound like the makings of a No. 1 seed to me.

Does that mean they are assured of a Final Four berth? No, but it at least justifies them as a top seed.

It is reasonable Duke would draw some criticism for its recent tournament flops but this year's tournament hasn't even begun.

The Blue Devils are fallible and are far from perfect, but so is every other team this year.

Is West Virginia good, yes. Would I have had a problem with them being a No. 1 seed over Duke, no. The same goes for a very good Ohio State team as well.

The bottom line is there isn't really much of a difference between a No. 1 seed and a No. 2 seed anyway so I don't see what all the fuss is about.

I find it especially interesting that so many say that Duke has the easiest road to the Final Four especially given how vulnerable they supposedly are.

The way some talk about them they'll be lucky to get out of the first weekend despite carrying that No. 1 seed.

If Duke doesn't get to the Final Four this year then inevitably their season will be ruled a disappointment and everyone who disagreed with their seeding will be chirping I told you so.

Fair enough, but what happens if the Blue Devils do get to the Final Four? Will they be deserving then?