The Duke Blue Devils ranked No. 7 as the selection committee revealed their Top 16 seeds as of today just over a month before the 2018 NCAA Tournament tips off.
Despite a disheartening loss, the selection committee clearly views Duke as a serious threat to win the entire thing with their overall talent level and resume.
Duke snatched an early-season victory over Michigan State on a neutral floor in Chicago that will certainly be a valuable chip when the selection committee makes their more permanent selections next month. The Spartans are now coming off a big win over Purdue and were ranked by the selection committee on Sunday.
The Blue Devils also have wins over Texas, Florida and Indiana in their non-conference with two of those wins coming on a neutral floor and the final coming in Bloomington at Assembly Hall.
Unfortunately, in conference play, things got off to a rocky start as Duke lost their opener to Boston College. Less than a month later, as the conference got into full swing they lost another tough one to North Carolina State.
However, they rebounded to win five straight before a nailbiting loss at home to Virginia, who is ranked No. 1. In the last eight days, they were also upset by St. Johns before losing their first Tobacco Road rivalry matchup with North Carolina on Thursday.
They’ll look to get back on track Sunday night against Georgia Tech, though they’ll be without Marvin Bagley III, and will hope to begin improving their seed in the eyes of the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee over the next month.
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