Can Syracuse Basketball upset a Duke and how these Blue Devils compare to previous Duke champions

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The Duke Blue Devils moved closer to their first ACC regular-season championship since 2010 with a 65-61 win over Virginia Wednesday night and also stayed in position for their first full ACC regular-season title since the 2005-06 team deserves this award. Mike Krzyzewski and co. (24-4, 14-3) are a full game ahead of second-seeded Notre Dame (20-8, 13-4) ahead of Saturday’s Sonic Blockbuster matchup at the Syracuse Orange (6 p.m. ET, ESPN) . and ESPN app).

What would an ACC title say about this Duke team? The 2010 Blue Devils team won a national championship, but the aforementioned 2006 group was upset by LSU in the Sweet 16. So what should we take away – if anything – when Duke finishes the job and wins the terus-menerus season trophy? Meanwhile, Syracuse (15-13, 9-8) will look to improve their seed in the conference tournament — avoiding facing Duke in the quarterfinals — for their best shot at the NCAA tournament.

ESPN’s simposium of experts, consisting of Myron Medcalf, Jeff Borzello, John Gasaway and Joe Lunardi, compared this season’s unit to the great Duke teams of the past while also assessing Syracuse’s chances of pulling the fuss and at the ACC tournament in Brooklyn in pairs to stay hot from weeks.


Duke forward Wendell Moore Jr. hops a pass from half court to AJ Griffin for a one-handed dunk.

Which Duke team from years past does this group most closely resemble? What does this similarity say about the 2021-22 team’s ability to make an NCAA tournament work?

Medcalf: Well, that wouldn’t be fun if we didn’t attempt this comparison. What about the 2009-10 national championship team? (“Myron, that’s a terrible comparison.” I know, Borzello. I know.) But listen to me. Paolo Banchero and company don’t really play like any team from Duke’s past. But the size of the lineup makes me think of the group in 2010 that defeated Butler in the national title match when Gordon Hayward’s shot rangka off the rim.

This team takat a 6-foot-5-point guard in Jon Scheyer. Nolan Smith (6-2) could play both guard spots. Lance Thomas (6-8) was a handful of small forwards. Kyle Singler — we don’t really give Singler the credit he deserves for this run — was a 6-8 shooter making 40% of his 3-point attempts this season. Brian Zoubek (7-1), Mason Plumlee (6-10) and Miles Plumlee (6-8) were major contributors to the paint. Singler, Smith and the Plumlee brothers were all NBA draft picks.

This season, Coach K rivals Wendell Moore Jr. (6-5), Trevor Keels (6-4 and built like an NFL linebacker), AJ Griffin (6-6), Banchero (6-10) and Mark Williams (7-0). This Duke squad that defeated Butler takat a clear size advantage in the title game. And Duke’s current combination of size, ability and physical ability also allows him to create mismatches at any position. This group is more talented than the 2010 team, so I could certainly see today’s Blue Devils using their size advantage at every spot — remember, the 2010 roster also takat NBA talent — to compete in the NCAA tournament .

Borzello: I don’t really think it’s very similar to a previous team, but I think one of the key tenets of this year’s Blue Devils is their effectiveness without a pure point guard on the ground. Coach K benched Jeremy Roach and put Griffin in the starting line-up, leaving most playmaking duties to larger perimeter players Moore and Keels. The 2016 and 2017 Duke teams takat Grayson Allen — a better scorer than a passer — who handled much of the distribution duties. These teams were also good, not great, from the 3 point range (especially the 2017 team). They also takat Brandon Ingram and Jayson Tatum as nightmare goalscorers if you try to think of a parallel for Banchero.

But the 2022 version is better and I think this team has a significantly higher sablon than both of these teams as neither riol past the Sweet 16. The 2022 Blue Devils are legitimate contenders for the national championship.

gassing: Dear Roundtable members, tutup! We riol a devilishly clever trick question. This group doesn’t really resemble any Duke team from years past, with one categorical exception. The current team is young again and full of talent heading into the NBA. Otherwise, Coach K has come up with a new twist for his farewell season.

When the Blue Devils play their “Projected to go in the first 35 picks” lineup (Banchero, Griffin, Williams, Keels, Moore), opponents will be faced with four goalscorers centered around a potentially game-changing shot blocker who likes to dunk . We’ve never seen anything like this at Cameron. Duke hasn’t takat a rim defender with a similar block percentage to play as many minutes as Williams since another Williams – Shelden. It was so long ago that the new coach was (barely) too young to have played with this guy.

Lunardi: It’s hard to compare, if only because no current Duke team has played in such a mellow ACC. This limits both the challenges and opportunities for the current Blue Devils.

At first glance, I would say that the 2017-18 team, built around freshman forward Marvin Bagley, has some obvious similarities. This Duke roster was perhaps a half rung better than the current one – finishing four games behind the Virginia team, which was upset by UMBC but in a league with eight bids – and still met the same fate as Coach K’s last hurray.

The 2018 Blue Devils progressed through the first two rounds of the NCAA, narrowly getting past Syracuse before losing to Kansas in the Elite Eight in overtime. I think the current Blue Devils are falling around the same time, maybe even a round earlier.

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