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Duke #2 Seed in the South Region

Duke received the #2 seed in the South region on Sunday and will play their first two games in Greensboro, NC. The second round match up will have Duke facing off against Lehigh on Friday night at 7:15 EST and be broadcast on CBS. The Blue Devils will bring a 27-6 record into the game while Lehigh has a 26-7 record.

I don’t think the guys will have any problems against Lehigh. However, a second round match up against either Notre Dame or Xavier could give the team some trouble.

Many people thought that Duke would be put in the East bracket but the NCAA chose the South with a possible match up against Kentucky if both teams advance that far.  One team that I do not want to face is Baylor. They are an athletic type of team that would give Duke all sorts of problems in my opinion.

So with the region full of Kentucky, Wichita St, UNLV, Notre Dame, Baylor, Indiana, Uconn and Iowa State who do you think advances? I’d have to say Kentucky at this point.

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Austin Rivers First Team All ACC

Freshman star Austin Rivers has been named to the first team all ACC team. It wasn’t the only accomplishment for Austin as he was named to the all rookie team in the conference as well. You would have to assume that he would also add Freshman of the year to his accomplishments once that award is announced.

Mason Plumlee & Seth Curry were 3rd team All-ACC picks as well.

Congrats to all three players!

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Mason Plumlee and Michael Gbinije ACC Academic First Team

Some good news for Mason Plumlee and Michael Gbinije as they were both named ACC Academic First Team members by the ACC Conference on Friday. To be eligible for consideration, a student-athlete must have earned a 3.00 grade point average for the previous semester and maintained a 3.00 cumulative average during his academic career.

Congrats to Mason and Michael!

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Duke falls to North Carolina

Wow. That was one butt whooping the Tar Hells put on Duke Saturday night in Durham. The lack of rebounding, bad defense and the in ability to knock down the three point shots hurt Duke as they lost 88-70. It was bad right from the get go for Duke as Carolina easily controlled the game and knocked down open shots to start off. On the other end Duke couldn’t buy a basket and it left Duke fans hoping someone could push the reset button on the game.

I do have say that Miles Plumlee came to play and played great in his last game at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The Senior shot 7-9 from the field and scored 16 points. Little brother Mason led the team with 17 points.

Carolina showed Duke what happens when you don’t have a small forward and guys that can rebound the basketball over defenders. Second chance points killed the Blue Devils. Time to learn to box out and not just try to jump higher than the opposing team to grab the rebound.

Not a whole lot to say about the game as you can see. I’m looking forward to the ACC Tournament where Duke will be the #2 seed and play the winner of Clemson and Virginia Tech on Friday night. The tournament is being played in Atlanta this year. Follow along with us through the tournament on Twitter @JustDukeCom

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