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March Madness: Here's how Duke could play in the 2021 NCAA Tournament after all

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Duke is poised to miss the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1996. The Blue Devils (13-11) were a reeling bubble team hoping for an at-large bid and trying to claim the ACC’s automatic bid by winning the league tournament.

But then a positive COVID-19 test prompted athletics director Kevin White to declare that the team’s season was over Thursday. Coach Mike Krzyzewski issued a season-ending statement praising his players’ resiliency through adversity, and the story line was about Duke’s omission from March Madness. 

White, who is retiring in August, is the head of the 10-member selection committee.

Now, we’re seeing hints that the aforementioned story line could change — just in time for Selection Sunday. ESPN reported that Duke could still play in the NCAA Tournament if selected by the committee.



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