DURHAM, N.C. - After a regular season that included a 27-6 record and a second-place ACC finish, sixth-ranked Duke was awarded the No. 2 seed in the South Region and will play Lehigh in the second round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament in Greensboro, N.C.
The Blue Devils, who have earned one of the top eight seeds in 14 of the last 16 NCAA Tournaments, open the 2012 tournament on Friday, March 16 in the Greensboro Coliseum. Game times and television network information are not yet available.
With a win over Patriot League runner-up Lehigh (26-7), Duke would advance to the NCAA Third Round to face the winner of seventh-seeded Notre Dame and 10th-seeded Xavier in the Greensboro Coliseum. Duke is 12-0 when playing NCAA Tournament games in Greensboro, N.C., and came out of Greensboro in 2001 to win the NCAA Championship.
"We worked really hard to get a favorable position like this, and we're just really excited to get into the tournament," said senior forward Miles Plumlee, who was part of Duke's 2010 National Championship team. "It doesn't really matter who we play, we're just excited to be in.
"The team that's the hungriest is going to be the best off, so you've got to come in with a 0-0 mindset and want it more than the other opponent, no matter who it is."
It will be the 17th consecutive NCAA trip for the Blue Devils who are 96-31 (.756) all-time in the tournament. Head coach Mike Krzyzewski is college basketball's all-time leader in NCAA Tournament wins, boasting a 79-23 (.775) record and four national championships during his 32 seasons at Duke.
Duke is 4-0 all-time against Lehigh with the last meeting coming during the 1996-97 season. The Blue Devils are 2-0 against Lehigh under Krzyzewski. Duke is 52-17 all-time against Patriot League teams but has never faced a Patriot League foe in the NCAA Tournament.
The selection committee placed Duke in the South Region for the 25th time where Duke has a 19-5 (.792) record. Duke was last placed in the South Region in 2010 and went on to win the NCAA Championship.