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Banchero earned ACC Freshman of the Year and second-team All-American status this season.
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Duke men's basketball 2021-22 player review: Paolo Banchero

With Duke’s season officially in the books, the Blue Zone breaks down each player's season, including comparisons to their preseason projections. We previously looked at Jaylen Blakes, Bates Jones, Joey Baker, Theo John, Trevor Keels, AJ Griffin, Jeremy Roach, Mark Williams and Wendell Moore Jr. Last but not least is Paolo Banchero.


Duke and North Carolina meet Saturday for the third time this season.
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Beats' picks: Will Duke men's basketball defeat North Carolina in Final Four rubber match?

The stakes have never been higher for No. 2-seed Duke and No. 8-seed North Carolina, with the two sides facing off Saturday in the Final Four in New Orleans for the first time in NCAA tournament history. With a spot in the national championship game on the line, here's who our beats predict will come out on top.


Big man Mark Williams has recorded at least three blocks in each of Duke's NCAA tournament games.
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Beats' picks: Can Duke men's basketball down Arkansas and move on to Final Four?

Duke comes in as a four-point favorite in this Elite Eight matchup against Arkansas in San Francisco. At the end of this one, the winner at Chase Center will come away with a spot in the Final Four in New Orleans and a chance at putting their team in the college basketball record books.


After suffering an ankle injury late in the game against Michigan State, head coach Mike Krzyzewski said Griffin was good to play Thursday during his Wednesday press conference.
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Beats' picks: Will Duke men's basketball defeat Texas Tech in the Sweet 16?

Duke will face off against Texas Tech at 9:30 p.m. at Chase Center in San Francisco, and given the way these two teams match up and the one-point spread in favor of the Red Raiders, all signs point to a nail-biter. Let's see who our beats pick to move on to the Elite Eight.


Freshman forward Paolo Banchero posted 17 points and 10 rebounds in Duke's first-round win against Cal State Fullerton.
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Beats' picks: Will Duke men's basketball get past Michigan State and move on to Sweet Sixteen?

Duke enters its Round of 32 matchup as 6.5-point a favorite and has a tough draw against Michigan State. The Blue Devils last played the Spartans in the 2019-20 season and won, but the last time these two squads met in the NCAA tournament, Michigan State came out on top. Let's take a look at who our beats think will be moving on to the Sweet Sixteen.

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Duke finished seventh out of the 14 teams at the Arizona Intercollegiate this week.
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Duke finished seventh out of the 14 teams at the Arizona Intercollegiate this week.


Ian Siebers is poised for a stellar spring.
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Ian Siebers is poised for a stellar spring.


Freshman Kelly Chinn, the No. 1 golfer in his class, has made his way into Duke's tournament five.
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Freshman Kelly Chinn, the No. 1 golfer in his class, has made his way into Duke's tournament five.


Sophomore Charlotte Tomkinson (center) finished 25th overall Friday. 
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Sophomore Charlotte Tomkinson (center) finished 25th overall Friday. 


Zheng signed with Duke as the No. 5 recruit in the country in Nov. 2019.
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Zheng signed with Duke as the No. 5 recruit in the country in Nov. 2019.


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