Duke is a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament for the 13th time.
The Blue Devils are the top seed in the South Region and will begin their drive for the program’s fifth national championship against the First Four winner between North Florida and Robert Morris Friday at 7:10 (CBS) in Charlotte’s Time Warner Cable Arena. The winner of San Diego State vs. St. John’s would await in the round of 32.
“We’ve won 29 games and have been one of the best teams in the country with four freshmen and eight guys. I like my team,” coach Mike Krzyzewski said after Duke’s loss in the ACC tournament. “We’re ready to go to war in the NCAA tournament, and we’ll take what the consequences are of our efforts.”
Krzyzewski was defending his team against a comparison to last year’s team, which is a complete apples-to-oranges comparison. The personnel has changed almost completely, with freshmen Jahlil Okafor, Tyus Jones and Justise Winslow, combined with the senior leadership of Quinn Cook, pacing Duke this season.
The Blue Devils built a strong resume, going 29-4, finishing second in the ACC after the regular season and losing in the ACC tournament semifinals to eventual champion Notre Dame.