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Blue Devils Get No. 1 Seed In West

Duke earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament on Selection Monday, but it won't be playing anywhere near Durham.

The Blue Devils open against No. 16 Austin Peay, and if they win their opener, they might have to play No. 8 Michigan State, head coach Joanne P. McCallie's former squad, in East Lansing, Mich.

The road doesn't get any easier from there. If Duke emerges from the East Lansing pod, it travels to Berkeley, Calif. to potentially play No. 4 Iowa State or No. 5 Tennessee, which Duke beat earlier this season. On the bottom half of the Berkeley region are No. 2 Stanford, which Duke beat in December, No. 3 Ohio State and No. 6 Texas, coached by former Duke head coach Gail Goestenkors.

Looking way ahead to the Final Four, Duke would draw the unfortunate task of playing top-seeded Connecticut in the national semifinal. The Huskies, Maryland and Oklahoma also drew No. 1 seeds, with the Terrapins in the Raleigh region.


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