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Duke earns No. 1 seed in tourney, will face Delaware State Friday at 7:25 pm

Posted Monday, March 14, 2005

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Duke earns trip to Charlotte as part of Austin Regional

The Duke men's basketball team (25-5), fresh off its 69-64 win over Georgia Tech to capture the 2005 ACC Championship, learned it will be a No. 1 seed in the 2005 NCAA Tournament. Duke will face MEAC Champion Delaware State (19-13) in the first round in Charlotte, N.C., at 7:25 p.m. Friday, March 18.

The Blue Devils and Hornets have never met on the hardwood, but Duke does own a 17-0 record over current members of the MEAC. This season marks Delaware State's first ever trip to the Big Dance.

Duke earned a No. 1 seed for the seventh time in the past eight seasons and for the ninth time overall since seeding was introduced in 1979. Duke has won three National Championships, all under current Coach Mike Krzyzewski, and the 1992 and 2001 titles came when Duke was a top seed.

Also in Charlotte and the Austin Regional are No. 8 seed Stanford and No. 9 seed Mississippi State. Duke owns an 0-2 record vs. both the Cardinal and the Bulldogs all-time.

Stanford topped Duke 80-79 in ovetime on Nov. 11, 1999 despite 28 points from Chris Carrawell, 19 points and nine rebounds from Shane Battier and 13 points and 10 rebounds from Jason Williams.

A year later, Stanford took another one-point decision away from Duke, 84-83, on Dec. 21, 2000, as Williams and Battier both scored 26 points in that contest. Duke won the National Championship in 2001 and this was one of just four losses on the season.

Duke played Mississippi State in a pair of home games in 1936-37 and 1937-38. Duke lost 33-29 on Jan. 12, 1937 and then lost 25-23 on Jan. 3, 1938.

 
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Duke earns No. 1 seed in tourney, will face Delaware State Friday at 7:25 pm
Duke has won three National Championships all under current Coach Mike Krzyzewski.
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