Duke Earns #3 seed in Midwest Region

The Blue Devils begin their quest for a fifth national title against Mercer on Friday.

DURHAM, N.C. – 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, March 21 at PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C.

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.

Duke in the NCAA Tournament Notes
• Duke is 99-33 (.750) all-time in the NCAA Tournament over a span of 37 total appearances.

• Duke is 7-5 against the 2014 NCAA Tournament field, including 4-4 against six teams that received a top-four seed.

• Duke has played in the national championship 10 times, including eight times under Krzyzewski.

• Duke is 6-1 when playing NCAA Tournament games in Raleigh, N.C. Duke is 32-5 when playing NCAA Tournament games in the state of North Carolina.

• Duke is 13-4 (.765) out of the Midwest Region. Duke last won the Midwest Region in 1991 on the way to the program's first national title.

• Duke has advanced to the Final Four 15 times, including 11 times under Krzyzewski.

• Also making the NCAA Tournament were Stanford and Harvard, both programs coached by former Duke players and assistant coaches. Johnny Dawkins guided Stanford to a 21-12 record and the No. 10 seed in the South Region, while Tommy Amaker led Harvard to a 26-4 record and the No. 12 seed in the East Region.

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