DURHAM, N.C. – Duke received the No. 4 seed in the West Region and will face UNC Wilmington in the first round of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Thursday, March 17, in Providence, R.I. Duke’s four seed marks just the fourth time under head coach Mike Krzyzewski the Blue Devils did not receive a three seed or higher.
Duke (23-10), ranked No. 19 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll and No. 20 in the NCAA RPI, will be playing in its 21st consecutive NCAA Tournament. The Blue Devils are 2-1 in the tournament as a No. 4 seed and 1-0 against the No. 13 seed. Duke has never faced UNC Wilmington in the NCAA Tournament and is 1-0 all-time against the Seahawks, last meeting the team Feb. 8, 1982.
The NCAA committee awarded Duke a No. 4 seed for the second time in program history and the first time since the 1980 campaign. The Blue Devils reached the regional finals during the 1980 season before falling to Purdue, 68-60.
Duke is 105-34 (.755) all-time in the tournament, with national championships in 1991, 1992, 2001, 2010 and 2015. Krzyzewski is the NCAA’s all-time leader in tournament victories, posting an 88-26 (.772) record in his 36 seasons at Duke.
Most recently, the Blue Devils played into the quarterfinal round of the ACC Tournament before falling to Notre Dame in overtime, 84-79. Duke concluded its regular season ACC slate with an 11-7 record against conference opponents.
Duke in the NCAA Tournament Notes
• Duke is 105-34 (.755) all-time in the NCAA Tournament over a span of 39 total appearances.
• Duke has played in the national championship 12 times, including 10 times under Krzyzewski.
• Duke has advanced to the Final Four 16 times, including 12 times under Krzyzewski.
• Duke owns 16 regional championship titles, including 11 in the East, two in the South, one in the Midwest, one in the Southeast and one in the Atlanta/South region