Ken TysiacMarch 10, 2011 

No. 2 seed

27-4 regular season, 13-3 ACC

7 p.m. Friday, WRAL, ESPN2

Starting lineup

G Nolan Smith 21.6 ppg, 5.2 apg

G Seth Curry 9.4 ppg, 2.1 apg

F Kyle Singler 17.1 ppg, 6.6 rpg

F Ryan Kelly 6.4 ppg, 3.9 rpg

C Mason Plumlee 7.1 ppg, 8.7 rpg

Coming in hot: Guard Nolan Smith, the ACC player of the year, scored 30 points Saturday in the Blue Devils' loss at North Carolina.

Number to know: 30-3, Duke's record in the ACC tournament since 1999. The Blue Devils have won nine of the past 12 ACC tournaments.

Contender or pretender: Even though North Carolina is the No. 1 seed, Duke should be considered at least a co-favorite because of the emphasis coach Mike Krzyzewski puts on winning the ACC tournament. The Blue Devils might need forward Kyle Singler, who has missed 27 of his last 33 3-point attempts, to regain his shooting touch if they're going to win.

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