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Posted at 11:09 AM ET, 02/28/2011

NCAA tournament 2011: Duke-BYU resume comparison

By Eric Prisbell

Let's compare the resumes of Duke and BYU, two teams in contention for No. 1 seeds:

Duke
Record: 26-3
RPI: 5
SOS: 37 (47 in non-conference)
Vs. top 25: 2-1
Vs. top 50: 8-2
Vs. top 100: 13-3
Best wins: North Carolina (10), vs. Kansas State (25), Temple (30)
Worst losses: at Virginia Tech (53), at Florida State (48)
Road-neutral court: 10-3

BYU
Record: 26-2
RPI: 1
SOS: 12 (19 in non-conference)
Vs. top 25: 4-0
Vs. top 50: 9-1
Vs. top 100: 11-2
Best wins: at San Diego State (4), San Diego State (4), Utah State (18)
Worst losses: at New Mexico (90), vs. UCLA (35)
Road-neutral court: 15-2

Yes, BYU has a loss that is worse than any of Duke's three losses. But almost any other way you slice it, BYU has a stronger overall resume. Do you give San Diego State the credit it deserves as a legit No. 2 seed? If so, then you've got to hand it to BYU for beating the Aztecs twice. They could meet for a third time in the MWC final. As for Duke, I'm not positive that the Blue Devils are the best team on the court in the ACC. North Carolina is coming on strong.

By Eric Prisbell  | February 28, 2011; 11:09 AM ET
 
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Comments

BYU plays in what conference? The BYU/SDSU story is 'sweet' but this is not the ACC, even in a down year for the ACC. Maybe BYU/SDSU are good teams, but how about the rest of the conference. If BYU is a 1 seed, then I want Duke in their bracket.

Posted by: kinsman_bob | February 28, 2011 8:54 PM | Report abuse

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