Greenberg: Duke Is "Vulnerable"

Seth Greenberg picked the Blue Devils to win it all, but the more he thinks about it, the more he questions that decision

Tiki and Tierney
March 20, 2019 - 6:58 pm

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ESPN college basketball analyst Seth Greenberg picked Duke to win the NCAA Tournament, but he might be having second thoughts.

“They are vulnerable,” Greenberg said on Tiki & Tierney. “I picked Duke to win it all, but the more I am studying it, the more I think, ‘Michigan State might beat them if they get to the Elite Eight. Gonzaga has already beaten them. North Carolina was a tip-in away from beating them (in the ACC Tournament).’ So it’s not like we can just hand this trophy to them. They’re going to have to go earn it, and they have pressure. How will those young kids deal with game pressure?”

Greenberg compared Duke to Kentucky’s 2014-15 team, which entered the NCAA Tournament 34-0. The Wildcats lost to Wisconsin, 71-64, in the Final Four.

“Wisconsin wasn’t better than Kentucky, but Wisconsin beat them,” Greenberg said. “How they handle that game pressure will be interesting.”

While Duke’s talent can be overwhelming, the Blue Devils have, for many, been oddly likable this season.

“This is unique for a Duke team,” Greenberg said. “This team, there’s something special about Zion Williamson. He’s an energy-giver. He changes the mood in your locker room, he changes the energy on the floor, he raises the level of everyone around him. His energy, his passion, his ownership, his enthusiasm – and then the freaky plays he makes – how could you not be excited?”