These four 1s are strong, but not unbeatable

Originally Published: March 12, 2006
By Fran Fraschilla | Special to
Here's a first look at the 1-seeds and how I would attack them if I drew them in the NCAAs.


Leadership is the biggest reason the Blue Devils landed another overall No. 1 seed. With J.J. Redick and Shelden Williams, coach Mike Krzyzewski has two All-America leaders as well as All-America talents. The two seniors know how to win and they have passed that winning work ethic on to their young teammates. Redick and Williams also form a devastating inside-out game, with a proven, dominant low-post center and one of the country's two best college players on the perimeter. Coach K keeps the game plan simple. Rather than out-X-and-out-O you, the Blue Devils outexecute you with terrific talent and tenacity. Their sets are simple, but they get the ball to the two go-to scorers. Like Villanova and Memphis, Duke loves dribble penetration. And freshman point guard Greg Paulus has come in and the offense has not missed a beat. When Josh McRoberts, who NBA scouts believe could be a top-five pick, is a glorified role player on your team, your talent level is high.

Fran Fraschilla is a college basketball analyst for ESPN. He formerly was the head coach at Manhattan, St. John's and New Mexico.