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Originally published: 2014-03-16 20:42:27
Last modified: 2014-03-16 20:43:12

Duke seeded third in Midwest Region

by Staff Reports

DURHAM - Duke received the No. 3 seed in the Midwest Region and will face No. 14 seed Mercer in the second round of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Friday at PNC Arena in Raleigh.

Duke (26-8), ranked No. 7 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll and No. 8 in the NCAA RPI, will be playing in its 19th consecutive NCAA Tournament. The Blue Devils are 9-5 in the tournament as a No. 3 seed and 4-0 against the No. 14 seed. Duke is 3-1 all-time against Mercer and last played the Bears on Dec. 21, 1997.

The NCAA committee awarded Duke a No. 3 seed for the first time since 2003 when the Blue Devils advanced to the West Regional final. Duke also earned No. 3 seeds in 1984, 1990 and 1993, reaching the 1990 NCAA Championship where they fell, 103-73, to top-seeded UNLV.

Duke is 96-32 all-time in the tournament with national championships in 1991, 1992, 2001 and 2010. Head coach Mike Krzyzewski is the NCAA's all-time leader in tournament victories, posting an 82-25 record in his 34 seasons at Duke.

Wichita State received the No. 1 seed in the Midwest Region, followed by No. 2 Michigan, No. 3 Duke and No. 4 Louisville. A win over Mercer would propel Duke to the NCAA Third Round where they would face the winner of sixth-seeded UMass and the first-round matchup of Iowa and Tennessee.

The Blue Devils fell, 72-63, to No. 6 Virginia in the ACC Championship game Sunday in their 31st appearance in the league title game. That capped a regular season in which Duke went 13-5 in ACC play and posted a flawless 17-0 record at Cameron Indoor Stadium.