Duke Takes No. 2 Seed in East Region


UNC may have one less loss than Duke, but the Blue Devils have much better wins and have toppled the Tar Heels twice. Duke is a No. 2 seed in the East Region.

Go through the NCAA tournament bracket released Sunday night, and those ACC coaches would say the evidence is right there: nine bids, including regular-season champ North Carolina as tops in the South, with both tournament champ Duke and Louisville as second seeds. The Shockers have one of their best teams, one quite capable of going deep, especially if they had received a seed that better reflects their ability.

In a season that has been anything but routine for Duke, the Blue Devils won the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament as it had never been done before.

The top-seeded Wolf Pack (28-6) claimed the league's automatic bid and took home their first conference tournament title since 2006, when they were in the Western Athletic Conference.

Skinny: The committee didn't do Villanova any favors with this draw, even after giving the Wildcats the top overall seed.

That is because North Carolina will likely be one of the schools the Blue Devils are measured against. For example, the No. 8 team in KenPom and the No. 20 team in the AP Poll is a 10-seed, which is insane.

For many other teams, Selection Sunday is a day that can be completely epic for a college basketball team, their fans and everyone around them. Head coach Tim Jankovich is the real deal, but let's not forget that Larry Brown - one of the all-time greats at building a championship-caliber team - was the architect of the All-American Conference Champion Ponies. There will be cries of Duke bias if they get the top seed. ". Our final goal was not to win the ACC tournament". Coach K also established a new record for ACC Tournament wins in Brooklyn, running his total to 61.

North Carolina plays in a South Region that includes second-seeded Kentucky and No. 3 UCLA, the toughest path to the Final Four.

Duke looks to end a 14-game losing streak to East Carolina. Since the field expanded to 64 teams in 1985, 73 percent of Final Four teams have been seeded third or higher.

As a freshman, the Duke guard averaged 11.8 points per game. The main question for the Duke Blue Devils is whether their recent streak is a sign of them figuring things out at the flawless time.

MOUNTAIN WEST: In Las Vegas, Jordan Caroline had 23 points and 10 rebounds as Nevada beat Colorado State 79-71 to earn its first NCAA Tournament berth in 11 years.

Boeheim, you'll recall, once lamented the lack of restaurants in Greensboro - the traditional site for the ACC Tournament - compared to Syracuse's history of playing the Big East Tournament in NY.

Gonzaga is the top seed in the West and Arizona the No. 2.

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