Overall, this marks the Blue Devils' 31st NCAA Tournament appearance. Coach K is the tournament's winningest coach with a 68-19 record including National Championships in 1991, '92 and 2001. Duke has also advanced to nine straight Sweet 16s, the longest run in the NCAA by seven years and second-longest run in NCAA Tournament history.
For the Blue Devils, the six seed is the lowest since 1996 and second-lowest since seeding began in 1979. Duke had been a No. 1 seed each of the last three seasons and in eight of the last nine years, as well.
Duke and VCU have never met and Duke is 39-3 against teams from the Colonial Athletic Association and has won 27 straight, including a 69-53 win over George Mason on Dec. 6 at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Duke is a perfect 22-0 against the CAA under Coach K, with the last loss coming to William & Mary on Feb. 19, 1953, in an 85-82 overtime decision. Duke is also 2-0 against the CAA in NCAA Tournament action.
The winner of Duke vs. VCU will face the winner of No. 3 seed Pittsburgh vs. No. 14 seed Wright State on Saturday in Buffalo. This will be the third time Duke has been put in the West Regional, also coming out of the west in 1984 and 2003. Duke is also 1-2 in NCAA Tournament games in New York, winning one of two games in New York City and losing to Florida in the Sweet 16 in 2000 in Syracuse.