Duke Basketball: 6 Reasons the Blue Devils Aren't the Favorites in the ACC

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Duke Basketball: 6 Reasons the Blue Devils Aren't the Favorites in the ACC
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Duke will start the 2011-2012 basketball season with sky-high expectations as usual. Coach K has dealt with the loss of Kyrie Irving, Kyle Singler and Nolan Smith by adding Austin Rivers and Quinn Cook, among others.

But should these expectations be so high? Are they high because Duke is a good team? Or are they high because Duke is Duke and Duke is expected to win?

Due to a lack of leadership on the current Blue Devil roster, it's tough for even the most optimistic fan to imagine another national title. Freshman superstars like Rivers are great for generating buzz, but can they produce titles as well as older, more experienced teams like, say, Duke in 2010.

I tend to think not, which is why I don't think Duke will win the ACC (or the NCAA title) this season. Here's why.

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