The fourth No. 1 seed, Duke, has made it to the Sweet 16—and to a matchup with the Arizona Wildcats.
The NCAA tournament selection committee has been widely criticized for giving the Blue Devils a No. 1 seed over Notre Dame, but because Notre Dame is out and Duke is still dancing, the critics are complaining about other things.
“They aren’t big enough.” “They rely too heavily on the three.”
These are just a couple of the many criticisms that the Duke Blue Devils are facing, yet they have continued to win.
Duke found out in the week before the tournament that they would be joined once again by freshman point guard Kyrie Irving. Irving’s comeback was supposed to make Duke favorites to make the Final Four, and the critics were silenced.
In their Round Three game against Michigan, the Blue Devils nearly blew a late 10-point lead, and the critics came roaring back.
Now Duke needs to focus on beating Arizona (and in convincing fashion) to silence the critics, and these are the keys to do it. Bear in mind that the successful use of a few of these keys will result in a victory; not all are necessary to win.