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Duke is insanely stacked this year.
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@ColoradoHusk They do want to win the conference, but that's not the ultimate goal. That's the basic structure of college basketball now, especially with the ACC essentially being a super conference; it isn't like the way CFB is structured where the CCG is essentially a play-in game to the playoff. Duke, Carolina or Virginia could win any other conference in the country (maybe not the Big XII, but Kansas isn't invincible), yet one of them is going to finish 3rd or worse in the ACC simply because that's how stacked that conference is.
@Cdog923 I hear what you are saying, and I am sure that Duke wants to win the conference. However, all of this talk about how Duke is such a great program, they haven't won an outright ACC regular season championship since 2006 (only shared it once in 2010). I understand the ACC is a tough conference, but if Duke were so great, they would win the conference more often.
@ColoradoHusk To me, that speaks more to the strength of the ACC than the weakness of Duke, though. Under the same timeline, they've won the conference tournament 5 times, as well as 2 national titles. The ACC has 3 national champs and 7 Final Four participants in that timeframe, too. So yes, it's accurate to say that they haven't won the regular season conference title in 12 years, but it's also accurate to say that it's been the toughest conference in that time period, and they have proven their quality against OOC competition.