The Duke Blue Devils enter the year ranked fourth in the AP poll, following a year in which a very talented team came up short in the tournament, losing to Arizona in the sweet 16.
Despite losing senior leaders Nolan Smith and Kyle Singler, along with the top overall pick the NBA draft Kyrie Irving, Duke once again is in the national championship picture. The young Blue Devils return only one senior in Miles Plumlee, but add one of the nation’s top recruiting classes, including top overall recruit Austin Rivers.
Duke always has the talent to compete, and this year should be no different. Here are seven bold predictions for the Duke Blue Devils’ 2011-12 season.