Dear Duke haters: This Giant Killers story is for you.
Whether you're a Tar Heel or simply among the millions of Americans who make a habit of hoping the Blue Devils stumble in March, we've found a rooting interest for you in the run-up to Selection Sunday. Call it the Duke path of most resistance: the toughest possible series of opponents that could stand between the Blue Devils and the Final Four, according to our Giant Killers model.
The rules: We worked under the assumption that Duke will earn a No. 1 seed and considered all reasonably possible opponents in each round (based on BPI seed projections among teams with at least a 25 percent chance to reach the tournament). Then the model selected the worst set of regional opponents for the Blue Devils -- or the best, depending on your perspective.
If you spent your collegiate years watching games at Cameron Indoor, don't click away, though ... because the numbers below might not be all that unappealing. While BPI thinks highly of Duke, the Giant Killers model likes Zion Williamson, RJ Barrett and the whole Blue Devils squad even more.
All projections are based on stats entering Monday's games.