Duke Basketball 2019: Prediction, Betting Odds, Schedule, Doubtless Opponents For NCAA Match

With the No. 6 offense according to KenPom.com's adjusted efficiency metric and college basketball's most efficient scorer in Zion Williamson at its disposal, Duke rarely struggles to rack up points. Screams of joy and agony will erupt from living rooms and break rooms everywhere.

In a shocking oversight Monday afternoon, ESPNU inadvertently displayed part of the women's bracket on its home page - nearly four hours before the NCAA selection show was scheduled to air. ET in the first round of the 2019 NCAA tournament.

But most importantly, the Blue Devils of 2010 were regarded much like the teams that had preceded them in Krzyzewski's tenure; they were hated, even without the star power of Christian Laettner or Shane Battier.

Mix in the versatility of RJ Barrett and Cam Reddish, and Duke is trouble for most teams. Gonzaga was No. 1 heading into tournament play but lost to Saint Mary's in the West Coast Conference tournament. North Carolina now has zero votes.

Williamson is touted as the best in all of college basketball, with the best skills to translate to a successful NBA career.

Hoops Hotbed in North CarolinaThe city of Durham, home to Duke and NC Central, is one of only two cities with multiple teams in this year's NCAA Tournament, along with Philadelphia (Villanova/Temple)... Cameron Johnson, Coby White and Luke Maye all average at least 14 points per game - and Nassir Little isn't far behind from averaging double-digits himself.

North Carolina won it all in 2017 and came up just short in 2016.

Going into the NCAA Tournament, Duke is slated as the No. 1 overall seed in the east region facing the victor of North Carolina Central and North Dakota State who will play Wednesday. That was last year's matchup between Virginia and UMBC.

Northeastern is a really odd team to breakdown because they really struggled in every game against tournament opponents. Two of them are still our favorites to emerge from their pods. "It's definitely tough because everyone watches March Madness and it's one of the greatest times of the year". It seems the biggest issue for TCU was the fact that they lost an early-season game to Lipscomb and were unable to pick up potential resume-building wins along the way.

The Cavaliers (29-3) and Tar Heels (27-6) stayed in their positions in what is believed to be the first time a conference has claimed the top three spots in the final AP poll.

John Calipari and the Wildcats don't need any introduction. Kansas's 33% chance to get to the Sweet 16 is significantly lower than the 48% percent of the public that is picking them to get there.

FSU: The Seminoles are headed to the NCAA Tournament, where they hope for another deep run like last year's push to within a game of the Final Four. But I won't deny that a team with sound discipline on that less glamorous side of the ball is often a safe bet to win.

My prediction for the final four this year is Duke, Florida State, North Carolina, and Tennessee.


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