There is one team that seems head-and-shoulders better than the rest at the start of every college basketball season.
Inevitably, and no matter how unlikely, talk of an undefeated season surfaces from fanbases and analysts.
The last team to accomplish the feat of an undefeated season was the 1976 Indiana Hoosiers. There is certainly more parity in the game than there was 30-years-ago. But several teams have gotten fairly close to achieving that historic accomplishment in the modern era of the game.
The 1991 UNLV team was undefeated (and unchallenged) until losing to Duke in the national semifinals.
The 2008 Memphis Tigers won 26 games before losing to Tennessee—they only lost two games all season.
Even though they eventually lost four games on their way to a national championship, there was a lot of talk about the possibility of an undefeated season for the 2009 North Carolina Tar Heels.
If there is any team in the country that will get talked about early on as a potentially undefeated team this season, it will be the Duke Blue Devils.
Will the Blue Devils go through the entire 2010-11 season without a loss? Probably not. Personally, I don't see it happening.
Could they? It's not like it hasn't happened before.
While there might be 50 reasons why the Blue Devils can't go undefeated (tough early season games, a freshman point guard), here are 10 reasons why they could.