This is the calm before the storm for the Duke Blue Devils. The NCAA Tournament is just starting, and with a No. 16 seed from North Dakota State awaiting on Friday, neither Duke nor anyone else expects a threat to Mike Krzyzewski’s team. However, as the tournament moves along, a storm might be coming.
“We have a pretty good feeling what’s coming,” Tre Jones said. “The older guys have said the energy’s crazy, the atmosphere’s a lot of fun, but it’s win or go home, and we know that. We all have the same goal in mind.”
The older guys on the Duke roster haven’t made a Final Four, however, and it will be up to the younger guys — chiefly Jones, Zion Williamson, R.J. Barrett, and Cameron Reddish — to lift Krzyzewski to what would be his 13th Final Four, passing the Wizard of Westwood, John Wooden, for the outright lead. The two men are currently tied with 12 appearances on college basketball’s biggest stage.
Duke is not expected to be seriously tested on the first weekend. Its big challenge figures to arrive on the second weekend. Nevertheless, merely saying that a team won’t be threatened in March means nothing. You might have heard that this tournament is known for stunning, shocking upsets. The young pups from Duke can say they know what’s coming; they still have to stand in the arena and prove they know how to handle this one-of-a-kind situation.
We will see if a bunch of Devils know how to deal with the Madness.
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