Duke Men's Basketball 2020 NCAA Tournament Capsule


Duke Blue Devils

ACC (25-6, 15-5)

This has been an odd season for Duke. They beat teams like Kansas and Michigan State, proving that this young team can be very, very good. But there have been some tough losses too. Duke fell to Stephen F. Austin early in the year and had some bad losses at Clemson, North Carolina State and Wake Forest too.
Big Wins: 11/5 vs Kansas (68-66), 12/3 at Michigan State (87-75), 2/10 Florida State (70-65)
Bad Losses: 11/26 Stephen F. Austin (83-85), 1/14 at Clemson (72-79), 2/25 at Wake Forest (101-113)
Coach: Mike Krzyzewski
Why They Can Surprise:
Duke has a very talented and explosive offense. Vernon Carey has lived up to his hype as a freshman, averaging 17.8 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.6 blocks. The 6-10 forward is loaded with talent and he certainly has shown that on many occasions this season. Point guard Tre Jones has turned into a great leader of this team. The sophomore was always going to play tough defense and set up his teammates, but he has turned into a prolific scoring threat as well, averaging 16.2 points on top his 6.4 assists and 1.8 steals. With Cassius Stanley and Matthew Hurt able to score in a variety of ways, Duke certainly does not lack in talented scoring options.
Why They Can Disappoint:
By the numbers, Duke only has a couple weak spots. Turnovers are the biggest one that can cause them problems during the NCAA Tournament. Jones does not deserve all of the blame by any means, but he does need to keep the Blue Devils under control. The outside shooting is also not that great. Jones, Stanley and Hurt will make some and they do relatively consistently, but this is not a prolific three-point shooting team. Normally Duke does not need to make up a bunch of points in a hurry though so it has not been much of an issue so far. The far bigger potential issue is foul trouble. If Carey or Hurt must spend a significant amount of time on the bench, Duke will need Wendell Moore and Justin Robinson to step up and be more dangerous on the offensive end of the floor.
Probable Starters:
Tre Jones, Sophomore, Guard, 16.2 ppg, 6.4 apg, 4.2 rpg, 1.8 spg
Jordan Goldwire, Junior, Guard, 4.7 ppg, 2.3 apg
Cassius Stanley, Freshman, Guard, 12.6 ppg, 4.9 rpg
Wendell Moore, Freshman, Forward, 7.4 ppg, 4.2 rpg
Vernon Carey, Freshman, Center, 17.8 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 1.6 bpg
Key Role Players:
Justin Robinson, Senior, Forward, 2.8 ppg, 1.5 rpg
Matthew Hurt, Freshman, Forward, 9.7 ppg, 3.8 rpg
Alex O’Connell, Junior, Guard, 5.2 ppg
By the Numbers:
Scoring Offense: 82.5 (2nd in nation, 1st in conference)
Scoring Defense: 68.0 (138, 8)
Field-Goal Percentage: 47.0 (27, 1)
Field-Goal Defense: 41.7 (103, 9)
Three-Point Field Goals Per Game: 7.0 (200, 9)
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage: 35.2 (79, 3)
Free-Throw Percentage: 72.0 (132, 7)
Rebound Margin: 5.7 (29, 3)
Assists Per Game: 15.5 (24, 2)
Turnovers Per Game: 13.2 (185, 11)
Recent Postseason Appearances:
2019NCAARound of 64 win over North Dakota State
2019NCAARound of 32 win over UCF
2019NCAARegional Semi-final win over Virginia Tech
2019NCAARegional Final loss to Michigan State
2018NCAARound of 64 win over Iona
2018NCAARound of 32 win over Rhode Island
2018NCAARegional Semifinal win over Syracuse
2018NCAARegional Final loss to Kansas
2017NCAARound of 64 win over Troy
2017NCAARound of 32 loss to South Carolina
2016NCAARound of 64 win over North Carolina-Wilmington
2016NCAARound of 32 win over Yale
2016NCAARegional Semifinal loss to Oregon
2015NCAARound of 64 win over Robert Morris
2015NCAARound of 32 win over San Diego State
2015NCAARegional Semifinal win over Utah
2015NCAARegional Final win over Gonzaga
2015NCAANational Semifinal win over Michigan State
2015NCAANational Final win over Wisconsin
2014NCAARound of 64 loss to Mercer
2013NCAARound of 64 win over Albany
2013NCAARound of 32 win over Creighton
2013NCAARegional Semifinal win over Michigan State
2013NCAARegional Final loss to Louisville
2012NCAARound of 64 loss to Lehigh
2011NCAARound of 64 win over Hampton
2011NCAARound of 32 win over Michigan
2011NCAARegional Semifinal loss to Arizona
2010NCAARound of 64 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff
2010NCAARound of 32 win over California
2010NCAARegional Semifinal win over Purdue
2010NCAARegional Final win over Baylor
2010NCAANational Semifinal win over West Virginia
2010NCAANational Final win over Butler
2009NCAARound of 64 win over Binghamton
2009NCAARound of 32 win over Texas
2009NCAARegional Semifinal loss to Villanova
2008NCAARound of 64 win over Belmont
2008NCAARound of 32 loss to West Virginia
2007NCAARound of 64 loss to VCU
*all team stats through 3/8