DeMarcus Nelson has played on two Duke teams that advanced to the regional semifinals of the NCAA tournament.
In most years, that would be greeted with a rousing ho-hum. After all, coach Mike Krzyzewski's high-achieving program has made deep tournament runs and Final Four appearances almost commonplace.
But for these young Blue Devils, that accomplishment makes him the unquestioned voice of experience.
The program whose coach has won more NCAA tournament games than anyone in the sport's history has a surprising lack of postseason
success on its roster. Seven of the 10 players in the rotation have
never won a game in the NCAAs.
Entering the first round of the West Regional against 15th-seeded Belmont in Washington, D.C., the two juniors and one senior at No. 2 seed Duke (27-5) are chasing the first Final Four of their careers.