A basic principle of college basketball is: Duke wins games—lots of games.
Most seasons, Duke wins about 80 percent or more of its games.
Head coach Mike Krzyzewski has led the Blue Devils to four NCAA championships, 11 Final Fours (tied for second most in NCAA history), 12 ACC regular-season titles, and 12 ACC tournament championships in over 30 seasons at Duke.
Fighting this postulate is like fighting the Laws of Nature: You end up fighting the way the world is.
Another basic principle of college basketball is: Duke loses games.
Coach K has never had an undefeated season. In the last three decades, the Blue Devils have lost 220 times, which sounds like a lot, but it really isn't. That's an average of only seven losses per season.
In the four seasons that they won NCAA championships, they have lost 18 games.
- 1990-91 -- 7 losses
- 1991-92 -- 2 losses
- 2000-01 -- 4 losses
- 2009-10 -- 5 losses
Going into the upcoming 2010-11 season, as they defend their crown, it's safe to say that the Blue Devils will come up short in a few contests.
The following are 10 teams that Duke plays on its schedule, or could play in the NCAA tournament, that might take the Blue Devils down.