The Duke basketball team learned its ACC Tournament seeding after defeating North Carolina.
The scenarios where the Duke basketball team could be seeded in the ACC Tournament entering Saturday seemed endless.
The Blue Devils (23-8, 14-6 ACC) could have been placed anywhere between the No. 3 or No. 5 seeds but it will sit right in the middle after its victory over North Carolina in Chapel Hill.
A win from the Virginia Cavaliers against a dreadful Louisville squad was the first piece of the puzzle for Jon Scheyer’s team to earn a double-bye after stumbling during portions of the conference schedule.
Pittsburgh then fell short on its comeback bid on the road against Miami as the Blue Devils and Tar Heels were already in progress setting up a golden path to the No. 4 seed as long as Clemson would take care of business at home against Notre Dame.
Duke and the Tigers both emerged victorious on Saturday evening and Duke was able to earn the extra day of rest before beginning its quest for another tournament championship.
Miami and Virginia technically earned a share of the ACC regular season title but the Hurricanes (24-6, 15-5 ACC) were awarded the No. 1 seed while Virginia (23-6, 15-5 ACC) is slotted behind them.
Clemson (22-9, 14-6 ACC), by virtue of its victory against the Fighting Irish and head-to-head win over Duke, is the No. 3 seed and Duke won the final double-bye in the Dean Dome.
Duke basketball with intriguing path to championship
Duke will await the winner of Pittsburgh (21-10, 14-6 ACC), which was in control of its destiny to win the ACC regular season at the beginning of the week, against and Florida State (9-22, 7-13 ACC) or Georgia Tech (14-17, 6-14 ACC) in the quarterfinals on Thursday afternoon.
The Blue Devils were 3-0 against those three teams this season, two of the games coming at home.
The only road game, against Georgia Tech, was a 43-point victory for Duke.
Pittsburgh held an 11-point halftime lead inside Cameron Indoor Stadium before the Blue Devils mounted a furious rally in the final 14 minutes.
The ACC Tournament will be held at the Greensboro Coliseum this season and Duke has not won a championship in the building since 2011.