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Duke earns NCAA Tournament top overall seed

Posted Monday, March 13, 2006

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Durham, NC - The Duke Blue Devils (30-3), fresh off a 78-76 win over Boston College to repeat as ACC Champions, the team's seventh in the last eight seasons, learned they are the top overall seed in the 2006 NCAA Tournament. Duke will face SWAC regular season and tournament champion Southern (19-12) in the first round at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C. The game will take place at 9:30 p.m. ET Thursday.

Duke and Southern have never faced each other on the hard court and Duke has previously faced three teams from the SWAC, all in the NCAA Tournament first round. In 1986, Duke survived a scare from Mississippi Valley State University before pulling out an 85-78 win in Greensboro, N.C. In 1994, Duke defeated Texas Southern 82-70 in the first round in St. Petersburg, Fla., while in 2004, Duke defeated Alabama State 96-61 in Raleigh, N.C.

Each of those three years, Duke advanced to the Final Four.

Duke earned a No. 1 seed for the eighth time in the last nine seasons and for the 10th time overall since seeding was introduced in 1979. Duke has won three National Championships, all under Coach Mike Krzyzewski and Duke's titles in 1992 and 2001 were as a top seed.

Also in Greensboro for the Atlanta Regional are No. 8 seed George Washington and No. 9 seed UNC-Wilmington. Duke won an 67-57 overtime decision against UNC Wilmington on Feb. 8, 1982, in the two school's only meetings. Against George Washington, who was the No. 6 ranked team in the most recent AP poll, Duke owns a 13-13 all-time mark. The two teams have only met once under Coach K, a 103-73 win on Dec. 6, 1994.

Duke and George Washington were in the Southern Conference together in the 1940s and early '50s. Duke faced George Washington once in the post season, a 54-51 win on March 4, 1948 in the Southern Conference tournament in Durham, N.C.

The complete seedings in the Atlanta Regional are as follows:

1) Duke
2) Texas
3) Iowa
4) LSU
5) Syracuse
6) West Virginia
7) California
8) George Washington
9) UNC Wilmington
10) N.C. State
11) Southern Illinois
12) Texas A&M
13) Iona
14) Northwestern State
15) Penn
16) Southern

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