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Undefeated - How Far Can Duke Take It?

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With an 11-0 start, people are starting to ask how far Duke can go. Good question.

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Like most schools, Duke has never had an undefeated season. In the ACC, UNC has one, the 1957 national champs, and State has one, the 1973 team which was on probation and could not go to the NCAA Tournament.

Duke's been close. In 1999, Cincinnati and UConn beat Duke by two and three points respectively. If they had stayed healthy, the 1992 team might have done it.

It's just really hard to do.

So don't hold your breath. Instead, look at how the team improves through the season. That's a better way to measure a team anyway.

And on a similar note, with a lot of people suggesting that Austin Rivers was the problem on last year's team, here's another question: how far would they have gotten without him? Or consider this: how would Duke have played with a healthy Quinn Cook?

It's really unfair to blame Rivers, who after all did what he was asked to do to the best of his abilities. It probably didn't help that he was following in the footsteps of Nolan Smith and Kyrie Irving.