Duke Gets No.2 seed in East Region

The NCAA selection committee has matched up the Blue Devils with Binghamton in the opening round of the Big Dance.

DURHAM, N.C. -- The Duke University men's basketball team earned the Atlantic Coast Conference automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament by claiming the 2009 ACC Championship on Sunday and was then awarded the No. 2 seed in the East Regional by the selection committee.

The Blue Devils will play Binghamton on Thursday at approximately 9:40 p.m. in Greensboro in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. The Duke-Binghamton winner will face the winner of the Texas-Minnesota game, which is slated to tip at 7:10 p.m. on Thursday. The winner of the East Regional pod in Greensboro advances on to the Sweet 16 in Boston (March 26-28).

Duke is one of seven Atlantic Coast Conference teams to make the 2009 NCAA Tournament, joining North Carolina (No. 1 - South), Wake Forest (No. 4 - Midwest), Florida State (No. 5 - East), Boston College (No. 7 -Midwest), Clemson (No. 7 - South) and Maryland (No. 10 - West). The Big East and Big Ten also have seven teams in the tournament field.

Duke is 11-6 in their 18 games during the 2008-09 season against teams in the 65-team 2009 NCAA Tournament field. The Blue Devils have wins over Florida State (3), Maryland (3), Wake Forest, Boston College, Michigan, Purdue and Xavier.


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