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Duke Basketball: Thoughts of Undefeated Season Are Premature and Foolish

Mason Plumlee and the Blue Devils are on top of the world right now. It won't last.
Mason Plumlee and the Blue Devils are on top of the world right now. It won't last.Lance King/Getty Images
Rick WeinerFeatured ColumnistDecember 23, 2012

It's fun to dream, but that's all people who are talking about the 2012-13 edition of Duke Basketball going undefeated are doing—dreaming.

Don't get me wrong, it's totally understandable that people are thinking that way.

The Blue Devils are 11-0 and the top-ranked team in the nation. Duke has already taken down three teams that were ranked in the Top 10 before playing the Blue Devils and there isn't another Top 10 team on the schedule the rest of the way. 

But in the 108-year history of the Duke men's basketball program, the Blue Devils have never had a team finish the season without a blemish on its resume.

This year's group will be no different than any who have come before them

We already looked at Duke's lack of depth and how one injury could throw a massive monkey wrench into even the best laid plans, including those of Coach K and the finely-tuned machine he has put together.

But even if the Blue Devils are able to avoid the injury bug, this team is going to fall to an ACC opponent this season.

Laura Keeley of the News & Observer brings up an interesting fact about the Blue Devils and when the team falters: 

Since the 1997-98 season, 13 of the Blue Devils’ 14 regular-season losses when they’ve been ranked No. 1 have come on the road.

With road games against No. 25 North Carolina State, Miami (FL), No. 23 North Carolina and Maryland on the horizon, a loss on the road is certainly a possibility.

Under Coach K, Duke has started the season with a 9-0 mark 14 times and twice gotten to 17-0 before falling: the magical 1991-92 team did it before falling to North Carolina, and the 2005-06 squad with J.J. Redick did it before falling to an unranked Georgetown squad.

None of this means that Duke isn't going to secure a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, nor does it mean that the Blue Devils aren't going to win another national championship.

All it means is this: someone is going to beat Duke.

It's just a matter of time before it happens.

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