The second year of the Jon Scheyer era at Duke has seen its fair share of on-court peaks and valleys, with the Blue Devils entering the stretch run a half-game behind UNC in the ACC standings on the heels of four straight victories over conference foes. At 11-3 in ACC play (and 20-5 overall), the Blue Devils enter this week’s road showdowns against Miami and Wake Forest on a hot streak, looking to continue their ascent up the polls and brackets come March Madness.
At the moment, ESPN bracket guru Joe Lunardi lists Duke as a third seed out west, with the Blue Devils facing 14th seed Charleston in Pittsburgh before playing BYU or Texas A&M in the second round with a victory.
This week, Duke finds itself ranked 11th nationally on KenPom.com and 17th on the NCAA’s latest batch of NET rankings, meaning the Blue Devils are in solid shape to land a top four seed in one of the four regions come next month.
For the moment, Scheyer and his staff are likely focused on the task at hand, with the given 67.7% odds of beating the Hurricanes on Wednesday to go with a 55% chance of knocking off the Demon Deacons, according to the team at ESPN Analytics.
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A few weeks after falling as low as a No. 6 seed, the Blue Devils’ slew of victories in ACC play have pushed them back up the seeding chart to the number three line this week. At the moment, we have Duke at +200 to be a three seed this year, one spot higher than where Scheyer’s team was listed last week, with a chance at bolstering that standing with road wins over Miami and Wake Forest.
It seems like our view is backed up by CBB bracket experts, with Jerry Palm of CBS Sports agreeing that Duke is a third seed at the moment, as the longtime basketball guru currently has the team going up against 14th seed Vermont out west in 2024.
For now, Duke’s task at hand is to avoid stumbling on the road against a pair of talented ACC squads, beginning with Wednesday night’s showdown in Coral Gables and capped off with an in-state showdown against in Winston-Salem against the Demon Deacons over the weekend.
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