Coming in at number 5 in FanWide’s Top 10 College Basketball Rankings is the Duke Blue Devils. The hiring of head coach Mike Krzyzewski catapulted the extraordinary success experienced by the Blue Devils over the past 39 years. The Hall of Fame head coach took over for the Blue Devils In 1980. During Coach Krzyzewski’s legendary career, he has become the winningest coach in Division 1 college basketball history and has won 4 national championships. “Coach K” has also done a tremendous job of recruiting the top high school players in the country. In the past 5 years, Coach K has recruited NBA lottery picks such as Jahlil Okafor, Brandon Ingram, Jayson Tatum, Marvin Bagley III, Zion Williamson, and RJ Barrett to play for the Blue Devils. Krzyzewski’s top notch recruiting shows his ability to adapt to the modern one-and-done era. The Blue Devil’s recent success has caused their fanbase to grow tremendously across the nation. Because of Duke’s recent success and their massive following, the Blue Devils place 5th on FanWide’s Top 10 College Basketball Team Rankings.
|Category||Count||NCAA Basketball Rank|
|Fan Clubs (FanWide)||27||12|
|National Championships (All time)||5||4|
|NCAA Tournament Wins (Last 10 years)||28||2|
|Regular Season Wins (Last 10 years)||299||4|
|NBA Lottery Picks (Last 10 years)||11||2|
|Coach Tenure (# of Years)||39||2|
|Aggregate Social Media Followers (million)||4.1||1|
FanWide’s Top 10:
Fan Clubs: 27 (12th)
The Blue Devils have a total of of 27 fan clubs across the FanWide database, the number 1 fan club network in the world. If you are interested in starting a Duke Blue Devils fan club, let us know! Several of FanWide’s founders are Duke alumni!
National Championships: 5 (4th)
The Duke Blue Devils have won the National championship in 1991, 1992, 2001, 2010, and 2015. It comes as no surprise that Coach K has been a part of all 5 of these championships. In addition, star players such as Christian Laettner, Bobby Hurley, and Grant Hill helped lead Duke towards their first two ever National Championships in 1991 and 1992. Other Duke greats such as Jay Williams, Jon Scheyer, and Jahlil Okafor help lead Duke to their three other National Champions.
Recent NCAA Tournament Wins: 28 (2nd)
With Coach K at the helm, Duke is always a threat to make deep tournament runs. This is evident by the whopping 28 NCAA tournament victories Duke has won in the past 10 years. Because of Coach K’s ability to recruit top notch talent to come to Duke, they consistently have stacked rosters ready to take the rest of the NCAA by storm come March.
Recent Regular Season Wins: 299 (4th)
Even in basketball’s strongest conference, the ACC, the Blue Devils have somehow been able to win 299 regular season games over the past 10 years. The Blue Devils are always a dominant force during the regular season.
Recent NBA Lottery Picks: 11 (2nd)
Coach K has done a tremendous job of adjusting to the modern one and done era. Because of this new philosophy, Coach K is always recruiting and bringing in the best high school players. This is evident by the 11 Duke players who have been drafted in the lottery over the past 10 years. Superstars such as Jahlil Okafor, Brandon Ingram, Austin Rivers, Jayson Tatum, and Marvin Bagley III were all drafted in the lottery. Duke is projected to have three players from the 2019 season to also be drafted in the lottery, likely pushing them into first place in the category. Currently, they only trail Kentucky with the most players drafted in the NBA lottery.
Attendance in 2018: 9,314 (34th)
Cameron Indoor Stadium is one of, if not the, most famous college basketball arena in the entire country. Cameron is home to countless basketball traditions and thousands of supportive Cameron Crazies. Even though Duke has sold out every home game for years, the maximum capacity at Cameron Indoor Stadium is 9,314 people which ranks 34th in the NCAA. This one factor drops Duke from leading our list of the top NCAA teams.
Coach Tenure: 39 (2nd)
In 1980, Mike Krzyzewski became the head coach of the Duke Blue Devils. In the years that followed, Coach K was able to completely change the Duke basketball program. His superb coaching ability and stellar recruiting has lead Duke to be one of the most dominant college basketball teams over the past 39 years.With Coach K still at the helm, Duke should be considered contenders for the 2019-2020 college basketball season.
Aggregate Social Media Followers: 4.1 million (1st)
The Blue Devils have been able to successfully keep fans engaged across different social media platforms. This is evident by the Blue Devils whopping 4.1 million aggregate social media followers. The Blue Devils have 1.1 million Instagram followers, 760,000 Facebook followers, and 2.23 million Twitter Followers.
With six Top 10 finishes, the Blue Devils were able to earn the #5th spot on FanWide’s Top 10 list!
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