March Madness: ACC teams in the NCAA Tournament

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Duke Blue Devils
4-seed, West Region

Feb 13, 2016; Durham, NC, USA; Duke Blue Devils assistant coach Nate James (from left) and associate head coach Jeff Capel and head coach Mike Krzyzewski and assistant coach Jon Scheyer watch their team in the second half of their game against the Virginia Cavaliers at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Dolejs-USA TODAY Sports
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Questions surrounding Duke’s team this year haven’t been about talent. They’ve been about depth.

After losing Amile Jefferson to a season-ending injury, the Blue Devils front court saw their size and depth take a huge hit. Marshall Plumlee became the Dukies only legitimate big man.

With shooters Grayson Allen, Brandon Ingram and Luke Kennard on the perimeter, the Blue Devils can beat any team in the country when they are playing at their best.

But when the shots stop falling, and the fouls begin adding up, Duke has nether the depth nor size to compete for 40 minutes.

First round opponent: UNC Wilmington

Best potential matchup: Baylor, second round

Potential upset: Baylor, second round

Best case scenario: Final Four

Prediction: Duke loses to Oregon in the Sweet 16