ESPN’s Jay Bilas calls Duke the ‘most talented team’ in the NCAA Tournament

Duke will face off against Syracuse with an Elite Eight berth on the line Friday night in the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Tournament.

Ahead of the Blue Devils’ tilt with the Orange, ESPN’s Jay Bilas put together a ranking of the remaining teams (the story was published Thursday, so it has teams that have since been eliminated). Topping his list, unsurprisingly, is Duke.

Here’s what Bilas had to say about the red-hot Blue Devils:

“The Blue Devils are the most talented team. And they are healthy. No team has trended up more than Duke has since Feb. 8, when the Blue Devils lost on the road to North Carolina…Over its past 11 games (since Feb. 11), Duke has allowed 91.1 points per 100 possessions, the third-best defensive efficiency in Division I…Duke rebounds 39 percent of its missed shots, the highest offensive rebounding percentage in Division I.”

Led by Marvin Bagley III and Wendell Carter Jr. inside, Duke has been nearly unstoppable with its interior offense. The Blue Devils’ lights-out shooting has added another dimension to the ridiculously talented Duke team. Pair its offense with a zone defense that turned Duke’s defensive woes on its head, and there’s a reason the Blue Devils are one of the favorites to take home yet another National Championship.

The Blue Devils will set out to quiet critics yet again when it squares off against the Orange Friday night at 9:37 p.m. ET on CBS.

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