[9/4] DUKE BLUE DEVILS (29-8, 13-5)
PK80 MOTION BRACKET CHAMPIONS
23 CONSECUTIVE NCAA TOURNAMENT APPEARANCES
21st ELITE EIGHT APPEARANCE
- The 113th season of Duke Basketball saw the Blue Devils win 29 games, post 13 ACC wins, reach the NCAA Tournament for the 23rd consecutive season and advance to the Elite Eight for the 21st time.
- The Blue Devils were a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament -- the 29th time earning a top-three seed since 1985 to lead the NCAA, and four more than the closest team (Kansas, 25).
- Duke improved its NCAA Tournament record to 111-37 (.750), which is No. 1 all-time in winning percentage and No. 3 all-time in victories.
- Duke’s final AP Top 25 rank of No. 9 marked the 37th time the program finished a season ranked in the top 10.
- The Blue Devils finished as the only team to be ranked in the top 10 of KenPom’s offensive and defensive efficiency. The Blue Devils were third in offense and ninth in defense.
- Duke opened with 11 consecutive wins and was ranked No. 1 for five weeks. Duke’s 11-0 start included victories over then-No. 2 Michigan State in the Champions Classic, at Indiana in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, and the PK80 title.
- Freshman Marvin Bagley III became the program’s 22nd consensus first-team All-America selection. Bagley was named the NABC’s National Freshman of the Year, and just the second player in ACC history to sweep the Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year awards.
- Senior Grayson Allen capped his remarkable Duke career as the program’s 12th all-time leading scorer (1,996 points). Allen joined Jon Scheyer, Grant Hill, Danny Ferry, and Johnny Dawkins as the only Duke players to have 1,900+ points and 400+ rebounds and 400+ assists.
113TH SEASON OF BASKETBALL
The 2017-18 campaign marked the 113th season of Duke Basketball. The Blue Devils have compiled a 2,144-881 all-time record to rank fourth all-time in victories...Only Kentucky (2,265), Kansas (2,248) and North Carolina (2,232) have more all-time wins than Duke...Duke’s all-time .709 winning percentage is also the fourth-best in NCAA history, behind only Kentucky (.764), North Carolina (.738) and Kansas (.726).
This season marked Duke’s 53rd 20-win season...Duke has won 20 or more games in 22 consecutive seasons, including the 2017-18 campaign...The Blue Devils have recorded 30 or more wins an NCAA-record 14 times under Coach K...Duke, Kansas and Gonzaga are the only programs to have won 25 or more games in each of the last 11 seasons.
NCAA TOURNAMENT SUPREMACY
Duke played in its 42nd NCAA Tournament, which is tied for the fifth-most appearances in NCAA history...With five national titles and 111 wins in tournament play, Duke is among the most successful programs in the history of the NCAA Tournament...Duke made its 21st appearance in the Elite Eight (fourth-most in NCAA history), while it was the 15th appearance in the Elite Eight for Mike Krzyzewski -- the most among active coaches.
MODEL OF CONSISTENCY
Duke finished 13-5 in the ACC this season, its 11th consecutive season to reach double-digits in wins -- a conference record...The Blue Devil’s streak is the third-longest among major conferences, trailing Kansas (22) and Gonzaga (20).
TOP 25 SUCCESS
Duke was 6-4 against Top 25 teams in 2017-18, including three wins over Top 10 teams...Both the Blue Devils’ number of Top 25 wins and Top 10 wins were second-most nationally, and led all ACC squads.
Duke has the fourth-most wins (267) and the fifth-best winning percentage (.807) in the NCAA since the start of the 2009-10 season...Duke’s two NCAA championships since 2009-10 are tied with Villanova and UConn for the most in that span.
LOOKING AHEAD TO 2018-19
Duke’s 114th season of basketball will open with a marquee matchup as the Blue Devils and Kentucky battle in the Champions Classic in Indianapolis...The game is set for Tuesday, Nov. 6 on ESPN, coinciding with the new start of the college basketball season...The Blue Devils are also set for next season’s Maui Invitational on Thanksgiving week. It will be Duke’s sixth appearance in Maui, where the Blue Devils are undefeated (16-0) with titles in 1992, 1997, 2001, 2007, and 2011.
The 2018 Maui Jim Maui Invitational field includes Duke, Arizona, Auburn, Gonzaga, Illinois, Iowa State, San Diego State, and Xavier...The ACC has revealed Duke’s conference matchups next season: Home/Road: North Carolina, Wake Forest, Syracuse, Virginia. Home only: Boston College, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Miami, NC State. Road only: Florida State, Louisville, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech.