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Blue Devils Await NCAA Bracket Reveal
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 11/13/2017
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RECAPPING ALL-ACC AWARDS

Duke landed four players on the All-ACC teams with senior striker Brian White headlining the group with second team honors. He is the first Blue Devil to garner repeat honors since Brody Huitema and Zach Mathers did so in 2013 and 2014.

 

Senior defenders Markus Fjørtoft and Carter Manley and rookie goalkeeper Will Pulisic were voted to the third team. Fjørtoft and Manley are the first defenders to earn all-league notice since Sebastien Ibeagha in 2011.

 

Pulisic is the first freshman goalkeeper in Duke history to pick up All-ACC recognition. He is the first goalie since James Belshaw in 2012.

 

POSTSEASON PROGNOSTICATIONS

The Blue Devils stayed put at No. 3 in the latest RPI following the tough 1-0 setback to Clemson Sunday. The NCAA field of 48 will be revealed Monday afternoon at 1 p.m., on NCAA.com and the Blue Devils are in prime position for a first-round bye and potentially a chance to play at home for at least two games. The top 16 teams receive a bye to the second round, while the top eight teams are guaranteed two home games.

 

NCAA OPENER WITHOUT FJØRTOFT

Duke will be without center back Markus Fjørtoft in the first game of the NCAA Tournament due to a red card against Clemson in the ACC quarterfinal game. It will be the first game the veteran defender will have missed in his career. He has played 6,643 minutes in his career, the most of any current Blue Devil, and all but 181 minutes in the 72 games.

 

THE ROAD TO PHILADELPHIA

Selection Process The 2017 Division I Men’s Soccer championship provides for a field of 48 teams to compete in a single elimination tournament. Twenty-four conference champions qualify automatically; the balance of the field is selected at-large by the NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Committee. The teams will be seeded so that 16 of the 48 teams will receive a First Round bye and automatically advance to the Second Round.

Selection Show | Monday, November 13, 2017 | 1 p.m. The 2017 NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Championship bracket will be announced the Monday on NCAA.com. 

First Round | November 16, 2017 Thirty-two teams will play 16 games in the opening round. The games will be played at non-predetermined campus sites. The winners from each game advance to play at the campus sites of each of the top 16 seeds.

Second Round | November 19, 2017 The winning team from each game will advance to the Third Round.

Third Round | November 25 or 26, 2017 Eight, two-team third Round games will be at non-predetermined campus sites. The winning team from each game will advance to the Quarterfinals. 

Quarterfinals | December 1 or 2, 2017 The quarterfinal games will be conducted at non-predetermined campus sites. The winning team from each of the quarterfinals advance to the championship final site in Philadelphia, Pa.

Men's College Cup | December 8 and 10, 2017 The 2017 NCAA Division I Men's College Cup will be held at Talen Energy Stadium in Philadelphia, Pa. The semifinals will be held December 8 and the championship will be December 10.

 

DUKE’S NCAA TOURNAMENT RESUMÉ

Signature Victories

  • Defeated RPI 19 Georgetown on the road, 2-1
  • Defeated RPI 10 Virginia, 1-0

 

Duke Soccer by the Numbers

12 - Wins

8-4-1 - Record against RPI Top 50

4 - Top 25 RPI victories

8 - Top 50 RPI victories

10 - Top 70 RPI victories

2 - Strength of Schedule

5 - Opponent Strength of Schedule

53 - RPI Average of Duke’s victories

5 - RPI Average of Duke’s losses

7 - Shutouts

 

Noteworthy

  • All 4 of Duke’s losses came against the current RPI Nos. 2, 5 (twice), and 6
  • Three of Duke’s four losses came by a single goal

 

NCAA TOURNAMENT NOTES

Duke is set to earn its 26th berth in the NCAA Tournament and the first since 2011. The Blue Devils are 30-24-1 overall in NCAA action. Under head coach John Kerr, Duke is 4-4 in postseason play with two of the losses coming in overtime. The Blue Devils captured the 1986 title and have advanced to three championship games and five NCAA semifinals – the last being 2004.

 

Head coach John Kerr is one of five Blue Devils to scored two goals in an NCAA Tournament game, netting two against Harvard in the 1986 title run.

 

DUKE AS A NATIONAL SEED

Duke has been a national seed four times since the NCAA started seeding teams in the NCAA Tournament. The Blue Devils were the No. 1 seed twice (1999, 2006), third in 1998 and sixth in 2005.

1998 – 3

1999 – 1

2005 – 6

2006 – 1

 

FJØRTOFT AND BRINKMAN RECOGNIZED FOR HITTING THE BOOKS

The senior duo of Markus Fjørtoft and Cody Brinkman collected CoSIDA Academic All-District III honors in recognition of their combined excellence on the soccer field and in the classroom. It is the second time Brinkman garnered the award and the first time for Fjørtoft. Both advance to the national ballot.

 

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