It took the 2010 Duke Blue Devils 40 games to prove just how good they were. Though they were preseason favorites to win the ACC and ranked in the Top 10 nationally for the majority of the season, Duke didn’t seem to get much respect.
Frankly, I don’t think analysts and fans owed them any.
With just a single appearance in the Final Four since 2004, and a notorious habit of tournament play ill-befitting seeding, Duke wasn’t really considered a heavy favorite to contend for a national title.
But its mettle was tested and proven in the Big Dance. After winning it all in 2010, the team is now in position to do defend the title in 2011.
Here are the major reasons why I believe Duke can contend again in 2011.