March Madness 2017: Breaking down Duke's case for a No. 1 seed

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Duke is 27-8 on the season and will open on Friday in Greenville, S.C., where it will play the No. 15 seed in the East, the Troy Trojans. This question has been drifting around the sports world as we all prepare for the Selection Special later today.

This game can legitimately happen this season, but I will not be cheering for it to happen.

Although the Duke Blue Devils had an up-and-down regular season - and were not listed among the top four teams in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament on Sunday - the prominent North Carolina school is the odds-on favorite to win the national title this year.

"We are universally felt to be - I think by everybody - the No. 1 conference in the country", said Syracuse Coach Jim Boeheim, whose team was universally felt to be - by the committee, at least - not among the 36 best who didn't qualify automatically. On the other hand, the Wolverines beat Marquette and SMU on back-to-back days by a combined 40 points on back-to-back days earlier this year. They bought into it and had to be dragged into the ACC season before changing their tune.

The Jayhawks' surprising loss to TCU may have cost them the top overall seed, for whatever that's worth.

While we are at it, can we dispense with the idea that this has been Coach Krzyzewski's best coaching job? Some have argued No. 4 seed Florida was overrated this season, but the Gators beat six teams that are in the tournament.

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We've got the Bears knocking them out there, but if you're a Duke fan (we're not), you could advance them to the final game without much of an argument.

Once again, Harney and Crutchfield tallied back-to-back goals to cut the Cardinal lead to three with 16:32 remaining, but Louisville found the back of the net three more times as it limited the Blue Devils to just one more tally in the next 12 minutes. Honestly this is not that big of a deal. More money was bet on Duke to win the national title than any other team at the SuperBook, more than double the amount bet on Kentucky, which attracted the second-most money. "This year, watching everyone grow together is a really good thing, and hopefully we'll continue it in the next couple of years". The worst loss is a two point loss to NC State at home.

Duke should have been one of the four teams to be put on the No. 1 line. That helps their RPI and SOS later on in the seeding process.

Duke has been playing out of their minds lately, and they're a trendy pick to make it deep into this tournament. That included a semifinal win over UNC. Two more teams to watch out for are Northwestern and Princeton.

The Tar Heels, Blue Devils and Cardinals are joined by Florida State, Miami, Notre Dame, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest. If the seedings hold true and they meet for the right to go to the Final Four, Las Vegans will have some rooting interests.

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