The ACC tournament started out with the Duke Basketball team fighting for a one seed in the NCAA tournament. Villanova lost before Duke played a game, and it opened up a spot on the one line for someone to take advantage of. It was between the four teams on the second line in Michigan, Wisconsin, Duke, and Kansas. Kansas dropped out of that race with a loss to Iowa State.
When Duke finally got to play on Friday night Kansas was already limited from a one seed. Duke went on to beat Clemson by a point in a closely contested game. Duke had the game in hand with a big lead in the second half, but Clemson fought their way back to take the lead with less than ten seconds left. The Blue Devils were able to take the lead again and the game keeping their one seed hopes alive.http://youtu.be/59fMLr33YMA
Saturday they went on to play N.C. State a team that was looking to just make the tournament with a big win against Duke. Duke was able to get past a much improved Wolfpack team. This was a great game, and kept the hopes for a number one seed alive going forward. Playing Virginia for the ACC title can only help them in Selection Sunday.
The ACC title game could have meant a one seed, but with a great game Duke came up just short. It was an interesting ACC tournament with Duke struggling the first game, but started playing better in the second, and coming just short in the championship. This hurt their opportunity to steal a one seed, and gave Virginia a one seed in the tournament.
They have a three seed in the tournament, and with the draw they got it won’t be an easy road to the Final Four. This whole season hasn’t been easy for them, and it’s not likely to start now. Duke will have to play better going forward; getting more players in involved in the offense other than Jabari Parker and Rodney Hood.
It should be a great NCAA tournament going forward. Duke should get to another Sweet Sixteen, but then it gets really interesting going forward. If Andre Dawkins can find his range again this team could go deep in the tournament. Dawkins and Amile Jefferson will be the guys who will take them as far as they can go. Parker will get his points and this team is one of the best in the country, but to get to the Final Four they will have to have some of those x-factors step up for Duke.