DURHAM, N.C. – Duke received the No. 3 seed in the Midwest Region and will face No. 14 seed Mercer in the second round of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Friday, March 21 at 12:15 p.m. at PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C. The game will be televised on CBS.
Duke (26-8), ranked No. 7 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll and No. 8 in the NCAA RPI, will be playing in its 19th consecutive NCAA Tournament. The Blue Devils are 9-5 in the tournament as a No. 3 seed and 4-0 against the No. 14 seed. Duke is 3-1 all-time against Mercer and last played the Bears on Dec. 21, 1997.
The NCAA committee awarded Duke a No. 3 seed for the first time since 2003 when the Blue Devils advanced to the West Regional final. Duke also earned No. 3 seeds in 1984, 1990 and 1993, reaching the 1990 NCAA Championship where they fell, 103-73, to top-seeded UNLV.
Duke is 99-33 all-time in the tournament with national championships in 1991, 1992, 2001 and 2010. Head coach Mike Krzyzewski is the NCAA’s all-time leader in tournament victories, posting an 82-25 record in his 34 seasons at Duke.
Wichita State received the No. 1 seed in the Midwest Region, followed by No. 2 Michigan, No. 3 Duke and No. 4 Louisville. A win over Mercer would propel Duke to the NCAA Third Round where they would face the winner of sixth-seeded UMass and the first-round matchup of Iowa and Tennessee.
The Blue Devils fell, 72-63, to No. 6 Virginia in the ACC Championship game Sunday in their 31st appearance in the league title game. That capped a regular season in which Duke went 13-5 in ACC play and posted a flawless 17-0 record at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Duke in the NCAA Tournament Notes
• Duke is 99-33 (.750) all-time in the NCAA Tournament over a span of 37 total appearances.
• Duke is 7-5 against the 2014 NCAA Tournament field, including 4-4 against six teams that received a top-four seed.
• Duke has played in the national championship 10 times, including eight times under Krzyzewski.
• Duke is 6-1 when playing NCAA Tournament games in Raleigh, N.C. Duke is 32-5 when playing NCAA Tournament games in the state of North Carolina.
• Duke is 13-4 (.765) out of the Midwest Region. Duke last won the Midwest Region in 1991 on the way to the program’s first national title.
• Duke has advanced to the Final Four 15 times, including 11 times under Krzyzewski.
• Also making the NCAA Tournament were Stanford and Harvard, both programs coached by former Duke players and assistant coaches. Johnny Dawkins guided Stanford to a 21-12 record and the No. 10 seed in the South Region, while Tommy Amaker led Harvard to a 26-4 record and the No. 12 seed in the East Region.