Breaking down Duke baseball’s ACC tournament seeding

lkeeley@newsobserver.comMay 13, 2014 

It has been a breakthrough year for Duke baseball.


With one week remaining in the regular season, Duke has already clinched a berth in the ACC Tournament—something the Blue Devils haven’t achieved since 2009. For that, the team should be commended, taking a notable step forward in coach Chris Pollard’s second year.

How long their stay at the ACC Tournament lasts, though, is yet to be determined.

There’s a new format this year, as 10 of the ACC’s 14 teams qualify for the postseason tournament. The top six teams move directly into pool play, which begins Wednesday, May 21st. Seeds 7-10 face off in what’s essentially a one-game playoff Tuesday, with the two winners joining the top six teams in pool play.

From there, the eight teams are split into two groups of four, with each team playing three games against its pool-mates. The two winners from pool play meet in the Sunday championship game.

Here are the current ACC standings. As you can see, Duke is currently fourth.

TeamW-LWin %
Florida State19-8.704
Wake Forest13-14.481
Georgia Tech14-16.467
N.C. State11-16.407
Virginia Tech8-19.296
Notre Dame6-21.222

Even with a sweep of Florida State— something that has never happened, by the way—the Blue Devils can finish no better than fourth in the league. And if Duke gets swept, they can fall no lower than eighth. If Duke can win one game in Tallahassee—something that hasn’t happened since 1994—then the Blue Devils would be guaranteed to finish in the top six, avoiding the one-game playoff Tuesday.

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