Duke Basketball: How Does This Duke Team Compare to Previous Champions?

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Duke Basketball: How Does This Duke Team Compare to Previous Champions?
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The Duke Blue Devils once again find themselves in the Sweet 16 and have high expectations thrown at them, including getting to a Final Four and possibly winning a national title.

This isn't new to Duke fans and coaches. They've been there before. It also isn't new to most of the veteran players who played in the Final Four last year and won the title.

But for the new guys, it is a completely different experience.

While Duke was preseason No. 1 and the odds-on favorite to win the title, those expectations dropped off a bit when star point guard Kyrie Irving went down with an apparent season-ending injury.

The Blue Devils struggled for a while without him until they regained their edge and went on to win the ACC tournament.

Now with Irving back, they are once against thrust into the national title discussion despite the adjustments that still need to be made.

Mike Krzyzewski isn't new to the expectations. He has seen and handled them enough to win four national championships and be the national runner-up four other times. But how does this current band of Blue Devils stack up to the past champions?

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