Rece Davis reveals prediction for Duke in 2023 NCAA Tournament
Rece Davis is predicting Duke will make back-to-back trips to the Final Four.
The ESPN host an analyst revealed his Final Four picks on Wednesday morning. In addition to the Blue Devils, he’s projecting Alabama, Texas and UConn to reach the semifinals.
Here are his picks:
Let’s make some picks. Join my group here. https://t.co/UKw1mRvneu pic.twitter.com/VTFS57LWxl
— Rece Davis (@ReceDavis) March 15, 2023
If Duke does reach the Final Four, it will become the 1st team to do so in back-to-back years since North Carolina in 2016-17. The Tar Heels finished runner-up in 2016 but won it all the next season.
It’s been an up-and-down year for the Blue Devils overall, but they enter the tournament on a 9-game winning streak. Freshmen like Tyrese Proctor, Dariq Whitehead and Dereck Lively have improved a lot over the course of the season.
Duke does have a very formidable Round 1 matchup in Oral Roberts. The Golden Eagles were a Cinderella story 2 years ago and are back in the NCAA Tournament with star guard Max Abmas. ORU went 18-0 in Summit League play this season.
If Duke does get past the Golden Eagles, it will face either Tennessee or Louisiana with a spot in the Sweet 16 on the line.
Tipoff against Oral Roberts is at 7:10 p.m. ET on Thursday.