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ESPN's Updated Duke Season Projections

Zion Williamson and RJ Barrett of the Duke Blue Devils

DURHAM, NC - NOVEMBER 27: Teammates RJ Barrett #5 and Zion Williamson #1 of the Duke Blue Devils talk during their game against the Indiana Hoosiers at Cameron Indoor Stadium on November 27, 2018 in Durham, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Having won 13 of their last 14 games, the Duke Blue Devils looks about as dominant as they've ever looked under Coach K. With just over a month of basketball left to play before the ACC Tournament, ESPN has updated its predictions on how the team will finish the regular season.

Per the latest update to ESPN's College Basketball Power Index (BPI), the Blue Devils are now projected to finish the regular season with 26.4 wins and 4.6 losses.

With an 18-2 record as of writing, that projects to about 8-9 wins and 2-3 more losses on the season.

Looking at Duke's schedule, it is interesting to project where the losses might come from.

The Blue Devils still have road games to play against Virginia, Louisville, North Carolina, and Virginia Tech - all of whom are ranked. Other tough teams on the schedule include NC State and Syracuse.

Fortunately for Coach K, the freshman trio of Zion Williamson, R.J. Barrett, and Tre Jones has proven formidable enough to overcome just about every challenge this season.

Even Duke's two losses to Gonzaga and Syracuse came down to the wire.

ESPN's current BPI projections for the ACC.


In addition, even though they narrowly trail Virginia in the ACC standings, the Blue Devils are still the betting favorites to win the NCAA tournament.