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In a Bracket of Coach K’s Teams…Who Would Win It All?

Duke 2015 National Champions
Photo: Bob Donnan-USA Today Sports

As with every school, fans love to debate that a team from a specific year is the greatest of all time and would beat another year’s team easily.

With the Blue Devils set to play the first game of the Round of 64 on Thurs. against UNC-Wilmington, we thought it would be fun to do a bracket challenge with all of Coach K’s Duke teams* to see how they would fare against each other.

We ranked them based on how their season finished. If they won a championship, they were ranked higher than a team such as the 2005-06 squad which lost in the Sweet 16. Since there were an uneven number of teams, some received a first round bye.

*note we did not include the 1994-95 team as K did not finish the season, nor this year’s team as their season isn’t over.

To simulate the games, we used NCAAGameSim.com. Game Sim uses each teams statistical profile to play out a game possession by possession. The more sims for a match up helps give a reliable predicted score.

Each match up was simulated 20 times, and the team that won the majority of match ups was declared the winner. You can check out the entire bracket it below:

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Congratulations to the 1998-99 team on winning the 2016 Blue Devil Madness Championship! They clobbered the 1997-98 team 98-66.

What do you think of the results? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter!

Box Score

1997-98

Player PT AST O REB REB STL BLK TO FG FGA FT FTA 3P 3PA
William Avery 11 0 0 0 3 0 0 3 9 5 5 0 4
Roshown McLeod 11 0 1 3 2 0 0 1 6 9 9 0 2
Mike Chappell 11 0 1 2 0 0 0 4 8 2 4 1 2
Elton Brand 9 0 0 4 0 1 0 3 4 3 7 0 0
Chris Carrawell 6 0 1 2 0 0 1 3 8 0 2 0 1
Chris Burgess 5 0 0 4 2 2 0 2 4 1 4 0 0
Shane Battier 4 2 3 4 0 0 0 2 3 0 0 0 1
Trajan Langdon 4 0 1 2 0 0 0 2 7 0 0 0 3
Taymon Domzalski 3 0 0 3 0 0 0 1 2 1 1 0 0
Steve Wojciechowski 2 2 3 3 3 0 3 0 1 2 2 0 1
Ricky Price 0 0 1 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Nate James 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
J.D. Simpson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Todd Singleton 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTALS 66 4 11 31 11 3 5 21 53 23 34 1 14

1998-99

Player PT AST O REB REB STL BLK TO FG FGA FT FTA 3P 3PA
Elton Brand 21 2 4 10 0 2 0 7 13 7 12 0 0
Shane Battier 16 0 2 7 1 0 0 3 5 7 8 3 5
Trajan Langdon 14 0 0 5 0 0 0 4 8 3 4 3 5
William Avery 14 7 1 4 0 0 6 4 8 4 6 2 4
Chris Carrawell 12 5 2 4 2 0 5 3 6 4 5 2 2
Corey Maggette 9 1 2 4 0 0 0 3 8 2 2 1 4
Nate James 6 0 0 2 2 1 0 2 3 2 2 0 0
Chris Burgess 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Taymon Domzalski 2 0 3 5 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
J.D. Simpson 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 0 1
D. Bryant 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0
TOTALS 98 15 14 43 5 4 11 28 54 31 43 11 21

Here’s the play-by-play of the championship game:

  • Made 3 point shot by T. Langdon, Assist by C. Carrawell : 1998-99 – 3 – 1997-98 – 0
  • Missed 2 point shot by T. Langdon, Rebound by N. James : 1998-99 – 3 – 1997-98 – 0
  • Missed 3 point shot by S. Battier, Rebound by E. Brand : 1998-99 – 3 – 1997-98 – 0
  • Missed 2 point shot by C. Carrawell, Rebound by T. Langdon : 1998-99 – 3 – 1997-98 – 0
  • FT Missed by D. Bryant, FT Made by D. Bryant : 1998-99 – 4 – 1997-98 – 0
  • Made 2 point shot by C. Burgess : 1998-99 – 4 – 1997-98 – 2
  • Missed 2 point shot by E. Brand, Rebound by T. Singleton : 1998-99 – 4 – 1997-98 – 2
  • Missed 3 point shot by S. Battier, Rebound by C. Carrawell : 1998-99 – 4 – 1997-98 – 2
  • Steal by S. Wojciechowski, Turnover by W. Avery : 1998-99 – 4 – 1997-98 – 2
  • Missed 2 point shot by W. Avery, Rebound by W. Avery : 1998-99 – 4 – 1997-98 – 2
  • FT Made by S. Battier, FT Made by S. Battier : 1998-99 – 6 – 1997-98 – 2
  • Missed 3 point shot by R. McLeod, Rebound by E. Brand : 1998-99 – 6 – 1997-98 – 2
  • Made 2 point shot by E. Brand : 1998-99 – 8 – 1997-98 – 2
  • Steal by N. James, Turnover by C. Carrawell : 1998-99 – 8 – 1997-98 – 2
  • FT Missed by E. Brand, FT Made by E. Brand : 1998-99 – 9 – 1997-98 – 2
  • Made 2 point shot by M. Chappell : 1998-99 – 9 – 1997-98 – 4
  • Made 2 point shot by N. James, Assist by C. Carrawell : 1998-99 – 11 – 1997-98 – 4
  • Missed 3 point shot by S. Wojciechowski, Rebound by T. Domzalski : 1998-99 – 11 – 1997-98 – 4
  • Made 3 point shot by S. Battier, Assist by W. Avery : 1998-99 – 14 – 1997-98 – 4
  • FT Made by R. McLeod, FT Made by R. McLeod : 1998-99 – 14 – 1997-98 – 6
  • Made 2 point shot by C. Maggette : 1998-99 – 16 – 1997-98 – 6
  • Made 2 point shot by T. Domzalski : 1998-99 – 16 – 1997-98 – 8
  • Steal by S. Wojciechowski, Turnover by C. Carrawell : 1998-99 – 16 – 1997-98 – 8
  • Made 2 point shot by T. Langdon, Assist by S. Battier : 1998-99 – 16 – 1997-98 – 10
  • Missed 2 point shot by E. Brand, Rebound by S. Battier : 1998-99 – 16 – 1997-98 – 10
  • FT Missed by C. Carrawell, Rebound by S. Battier : 1998-99 – 16 – 1997-98 – 10
  • Made 3 point shot by W. Avery, Assist by E. Brand : 1998-99 – 19 – 1997-98 – 10
  • Missed 2 point shot by C. Maggette, Rebound by T. Domzalski : 1998-99 – 19 – 1997-98 – 10
  • Made 2 point shot by T. Langdon : 1998-99 – 21 – 1997-98 – 10
  • Made 2 point shot by E. Brand : 1998-99 – 21 – 1997-98 – 12
  • FT Made by C. Maggette, FT Made by C. Maggette : 1998-99 – 23 – 1997-98 – 12
  • Made 2 point shot by T. Langdon, Assist by S. Battier : 1998-99 – 23 – 1997-98 – 14
  • Made 2 point shot by W. Avery, Assist by W. Avery : 1998-99 – 25 – 1997-98 – 14
  • FT Missed by C. Carrawell, Rebound by W. Avery : 1998-99 – 25 – 1997-98 – 14
  • Steal by W. Avery, Turnover by C. Carrawell : 1998-99 – 25 – 1997-98 – 14
  • FT Made by W. Avery, FT Made by W. Avery : 1998-99 – 25 – 1997-98 – 16
  • FT Made by N. James : 1998-99 – 26 – 1997-98 – 16
  • Missed 2 point shot by C. Burgess, Rebound by S. Battier : 1998-99 – 26 – 1997-98 – 16
  • Made 2 point shot by N. James : 1998-99 – 28 – 1997-98 – 16
  • Missed 3 point shot by T. Langdon, Rebound by C. Burgess : 1998-99 – 28 – 1997-98 – 16
  • Missed 3 point shot by W. Avery, Rebound by R. McLeod : 1998-99 – 28 – 1997-98 – 16
  • Steal by C. Carrawell, Turnover by S. Wojciechowski : 1998-99 – 28 – 1997-98 – 16
  • FT Made by S. Battier, FT Made by S. Battier : 1998-99 – 30 – 1997-98 – 16
  • Made 2 point shot by C. Burgess : 1998-99 – 30 – 1997-98 – 18
  • Missed 3 point shot by C. Carrawell, Rebound by S. Battier : 1998-99 – 30 – 1997-98 – 18
  • Made 2 point shot by S. Battier : 1998-99 – 30 – 1997-98 – 20
  • Steal by C. Burgess, Turnover by C. Carrawell : 1998-99 – 30 – 1997-98 – 20
  • Missed 2 point shot by M. Chappell, Rebound by E. Brand : 1998-99 – 30 – 1997-98 – 20
  • Steal by W. Avery, Turnover by C. Carrawell : 1998-99 – 30 – 1997-98 – 20
  • Made 2 point shot by E. Brand : 1998-99 – 30 – 1997-98 – 22
  • FT Made by S. Battier, FT Missed by S. Battier, Rebound by C. Burgess : 1998-99 – 31 – 1997-98 – 22
  • Missed 2 point shot by C. Carrawell, Rebound by W. Avery : 1998-99 – 31 – 1997-98 – 22
  • Missed 2 point shot by C. Carrawell, Rebound by C. Burgess : 1998-99 – 31 – 1997-98 – 22
  • Made 2 point shot by E. Brand : 1998-99 – 31 – 1997-98 – 24
  • Made 3 point shot by T. Langdon, Assist by E. Brand : 1998-99 – 34 – 1997-98 – 24
  • Missed 2 point shot by M. Chappell, Rebound by T. Langdon : 1998-99 – 34 – 1997-98 – 24
  • Missed 3 point shot by C. Maggette, Rebound by T. Langdon : 1998-99 – 34 – 1997-98 – 24
  • Made 2 point shot by S. Battier : 1998-99 – 34 – 1997-98 – 26
  • FT Made by W. Avery, FT Missed by W. Avery, Rebound by T. Domzalski : 1998-99 – 35 – 1997-98 – 26
  • FT Made by W. Avery, FT Made by W. Avery : 1998-99 – 35 – 1997-98 – 28
  • Missed 3 point shot by C. Maggette, Rebound by M. Chappell : 1998-99 – 35 – 1997-98 – 28
  • Steal by C. Carrawell, Turnover by Ricky Price : 1998-99 – 35 – 1997-98 – 28
  • Made 2 point shot by E. Brand : 1998-99 – 37 – 1997-98 – 28
  • Missed 3 point shot by R. McLeod, Rebound by E. Brand : 1998-99 – 37 – 1997-98 – 28
  • Made 3 point shot by S. Battier, Assist by W. Avery : 1998-99 – 40 – 1997-98 – 28
  • FT Made by R. McLeod : 1998-99 – 40 – 1997-98 – 29
  • Made 2 point shot by C. Maggette : 1998-99 – 42 – 1997-98 – 29
  • FT Made by S. Wojciechowski, FT Made by S. Wojciechowski : 1998-99 – 42 – 1997-98 – 31
  • Made 2 point shot by E. Brand : 1998-99 – 44 – 1997-98 – 31
  • Missed 2 point shot by C. Carrawell, Rebound by E. Brand : 1998-99 – 44 – 1997-98 – 31
  • Made 3 point shot by C. Carrawell, Assist by C. Maggette : 1998-99 – 47 – 1997-98 – 31
  • Missed 3 point shot by W. Avery, Rebound by N. James : 1998-99 – 47 – 1997-98 – 31
  • FT Missed by E. Brand, FT Missed by E. Brand, Rebound by S. Wojciechowski : 1998-99 – 47 – 1997-98 – 31
  • FT Made by R. McLeod, FT Made by R. McLeod : 1998-99 – 47 – 1997-98 – 33
  • Steal by R. McLeod, Turnover by W. Avery : 1998-99 – 47 – 1997-98 – 33
  • Made 2 point shot by M. Chappell : 1998-99 – 47 – 1997-98 – 35
  • FT Made by E. Brand : 1998-99 – 48 – 1997-98 – 35
  • Missed 2 point shot by T. Domzalski, Rebound by E. Brand : 1998-99 – 48 – 1997-98 – 35
  • Made 2 point shot by E. Brand : 1998-99 – 50 – 1997-98 – 35
  • Missed 3 point shot by T. Langdon, Rebound by E. Brand : 1998-99 – 50 – 1997-98 – 35
  • Made 2 point shot by C. Carrawell, Assist by W. Avery : 1998-99 – 52 – 1997-98 – 35
  • Missed 3 point shot by W. Avery, Rebound by E. Brand : 1998-99 – 52 – 1997-98 – 35
  • Steal by R. McLeod, Turnover by C. Carrawell : 1998-99 – 52 – 1997-98 – 35
  • FT Made by E. Brand, FT Missed by E. Brand, Rebound by T. Langdon : 1998-99 – 52 – 1997-98 – 36
  • Missed 2 point shot by C. Carrawell, Rebound by N. James : 1998-99 – 52 – 1997-98 – 36
  • Missed 2 point shot by C. Carrawell, Rebound by C. Burgess : 1998-99 – 52 – 1997-98 – 36
  • Missed 2 point shot by E. Brand, Rebound by E. Brand : 1998-99 – 52 – 1997-98 – 36
  • Missed 2 point shot by C. Burgess, Rebound by C. Maggette : 1998-99 – 52 – 1997-98 – 36
  • Steal by S. Wojciechowski, Turnover by W. Avery : 1998-99 – 52 – 1997-98 – 36
  • Made 2 point shot by W. Avery : 1998-99 – 52 – 1997-98 – 38
  • Made 2 point shot by E. Brand : 1998-99 – 54 – 1997-98 – 38
  • FT Made by E. Brand : 1998-99 – 54 – 1997-98 – 39
  • FT Made by C. Carrawell, FT Made by C. Carrawell : 1998-99 – 56 – 1997-98 – 39
  • Missed 2 point shot by J.D. Simpson, Rebound by C. Carrawell : 1998-99 – 56 – 1997-98 – 39
  • Made 3 point shot by S. Battier, Assist by C. Carrawell : 1998-99 – 59 – 1997-98 – 39
  • Missed 2 point shot by E. Brand, Rebound by T. Domzalski : 1998-99 – 59 – 1997-98 – 39
  • Steal by W. Avery, Turnover by W. Avery : 1998-99 – 59 – 1997-98 – 39
  • Made 2 point shot by M. Chappell : 1998-99 – 59 – 1997-98 – 41
  • Made 3 point shot by W. Avery, Assist by W. Avery : 1998-99 – 62 – 1997-98 – 41
  • Missed 2 point shot by T. Langdon, Rebound by W. Avery : 1998-99 – 62 – 1997-98 – 41
  • Steal by C. Burgess, Turnover by W. Avery : 1998-99 – 62 – 1997-98 – 41
  • FT Made by W. Avery : 1998-99 – 62 – 1997-98 – 42
  • Missed 3 point shot by T. Langdon, Rebound by R. McLeod : 1998-99 – 62 – 1997-98 – 42
  • Missed 2 point shot by W. Avery, Rebound by T. Langdon : 1998-99 – 62 – 1997-98 – 42
  • Made 3 point shot by C. Carrawell, Assist by W. Avery : 1998-99 – 65 – 1997-98 – 42
  • Missed 3 point shot by T. Langdon, Rebound by C. Maggette : 1998-99 – 65 – 1997-98 – 42
  • FT Made by E. Brand, FT Missed by E. Brand, Rebound by C. Carrawell : 1998-99 – 66 – 1997-98 – 42
  • Made 2 point shot by C. Carrawell : 1998-99 – 66 – 1997-98 – 44
  • Made 3 point shot by T. Langdon, Assist by W. Avery : 1998-99 – 69 – 1997-98 – 44
  • Missed 2 point shot by T. Langdon, Rebound by T. Domzalski : 1998-99 – 69 – 1997-98 – 44
  • FT Made by E. Brand, FT Made by E. Brand : 1998-99 – 71 – 1997-98 – 44
  • Missed 3 point shot by T. Langdon, Rebound by E. Brand : 1998-99 – 71 – 1997-98 – 44
  • Made 2 point shot by W. Avery, Assist by C. Carrawell : 1998-99 – 73 – 1997-98 – 44
  • Made 2 point shot by W. Avery, Assist by S. Wojciechowski : 1998-99 – 73 – 1997-98 – 46
  • FT Made by T. Langdon, FT Made by T. Langdon : 1998-99 – 75 – 1997-98 – 46
  • FT Made by C. Burgess : 1998-99 – 75 – 1997-98 – 47
  • Missed 3 point shot by C. Maggette, Rebound by E. Brand : 1998-99 – 75 – 1997-98 – 47
  • Steal by N. James, Turnover by S. Wojciechowski : 1998-99 – 75 – 1997-98 – 47
  • Made 2 point shot by T. Domzalski : 1998-99 – 77 – 1997-98 – 47
  • Made 3 point shot by M. Chappell : 1998-99 – 77 – 1997-98 – 50
  • Made 2 point shot by C. Burgess : 1998-99 – 79 – 1997-98 – 50
  • FT Made by T. Domzalski : 1998-99 – 79 – 1997-98 – 51
  • Missed 2 point shot by R. McLeod, Rebound by Ricky Price : 1998-99 – 79 – 1997-98 – 51
  • FT Made by R. McLeod : 1998-99 – 79 – 1997-98 – 52
  • FT Made by W. Avery, FT Missed by W. Avery, Rebound by Ricky Price : 1998-99 – 80 – 1997-98 – 52
  • Missed 3 point shot by W. Avery, Rebound by E. Brand : 1998-99 – 80 – 1997-98 – 52
  • FT Made by W. Avery, FT Made by W. Avery : 1998-99 – 82 – 1997-98 – 52
  • FT Made by E. Brand, FT Missed by E. Brand, Rebound by T. Langdon : 1998-99 – 82 – 1997-98 – 53
  • FT Missed by C. Burgess, Rebound by S. Battier : 1998-99 – 82 – 1997-98 – 53
  • Missed 2 point shot by E. Brand, Rebound by T. Domzalski : 1998-99 – 82 – 1997-98 – 53
  • FT Made by E. Brand, FT Missed by E. Brand, Rebound by R. McLeod : 1998-99 – 83 – 1997-98 – 53
  • Made 2 point shot by R. McLeod : 1998-99 – 83 – 1997-98 – 55
  • FT Made by T. Langdon, FT Missed by T. Langdon, Rebound by C. Burgess : 1998-99 – 84 – 1997-98 – 55
  • Missed 2 point shot by R. McLeod, Rebound by E. Brand : 1998-99 – 84 – 1997-98 – 55
  • Missed 2 point shot by M. Chappell, Rebound by S. Wojciechowski : 1998-99 – 84 – 1997-98 – 55
  • FT Missed by C. Burgess, FT Missed by C. Burgess, Rebound by M. Chappell : 1998-99 – 84 – 1997-98 – 55
  • FT Missed by E. Brand, FT Missed by E. Brand, Rebound by E. Brand : 1998-99 – 84 – 1997-98 – 55
  • Missed 2 point shot by E. Brand, Rebound by C. Maggette : 1998-99 – 84 – 1997-98 – 55
  • Made 2 point shot by E. Brand : 1998-99 – 86 – 1997-98 – 55
  • FT Made by R. McLeod : 1998-99 – 86 – 1997-98 – 56
  • Steal by Ricky Price, Turnover by W. Avery : 1998-99 – 86 – 1997-98 – 56
  • FT Made by R. McLeod, FT Made by R. McLeod : 1998-99 – 86 – 1997-98 – 58
  • FT Made by E. Brand : 1998-99 – 87 – 1997-98 – 58
  • Missed 2 point shot by R. McLeod, Rebound by S. Battier : 1998-99 – 87 – 1997-98 – 58
  • FT Made by C. Carrawell, FT Made by C. Carrawell : 1998-99 – 89 – 1997-98 – 58
  • Missed 2 point shot by C. Carrawell, Rebound by S. Battier : 1998-99 – 89 – 1997-98 – 58
  • Missed 2 point shot by W. Avery, Rebound by T. Domzalski : 1998-99 – 89 – 1997-98 – 58
  • Made 2 point shot by C. Carrawell : 1998-99 – 89 – 1997-98 – 60
  • Made 2 point shot by E. Brand, Assist by C. Carrawell : 1998-99 – 91 – 1997-98 – 60
  • Made 2 point shot by W. Avery, Assist by S. Wojciechowski : 1998-99 – 91 – 1997-98 – 62
  • Missed 3 point shot by W. Avery, Rebound by S. Wojciechowski : 1998-99 – 91 – 1997-98 – 62
  • Missed 3 point shot by M. Chappell, Rebound by C. Carrawell : 1998-99 – 91 – 1997-98 – 62
  • Made 3 point shot by C. Maggette : 1998-99 – 94 – 1997-98 – 62
  • Steal by S. Battier, Turnover by S. Wojciechowski : 1998-99 – 94 – 1997-98 – 62
  • Missed 2 point shot by E. Brand, Rebound by C. Burgess : 1998-99 – 94 – 1997-98 – 62
  • Made 2 point shot by C. Carrawell : 1998-99 – 94 – 1997-98 – 64
  • FT Missed by J.D. Simpson, FT Made by J.D. Simpson : 1998-99 – 95 – 1997-98 – 64
  • Missed 3 point shot by J.D. Simpson, Rebound by S. Battier : 1998-99 – 95 – 1997-98 – 64
  • Missed 2 point shot by C. Maggette, Rebound by C. Carrawell : 1998-99 – 95 – 1997-98 – 64
  • Missed 3 point shot by W. Avery, Rebound by S. Battier : 1998-99 – 95 – 1997-98 – 65
  • Missed 3 point shot by S. Battier, Rebound by T. Langdon : 1998-99 – 95 – 1997-98 – 65
  • FT Made by M. Chappell, FT Missed by M. Chappell, Rebound by S. Battier : 1998-99 – 95 – 1997-98 – 65
  • FT Made by S. Battier, FT Made by S. Battier : 1998-99 – 97 – 1997-98 – 65
  • FT Missed by M. Chappell, FT Made by M. Chappell : 1998-99 – 97 – 1997-98 – 66
  • FT Made by N. James : 1998-99 – 98 – 1997-98 – 66
  • Missed 2 point shot by T. Langdon, Rebound by C. Carrawell : 1998-99 – 98 – 1997-98 – 66
  • Missed 2 point shot by W. Avery, Rebound by T. Domzalski : 1998-99 – 98 – 1997-98 – 66
  • Missed 2 point shot by N. James, Rebound by S. Battier : 1998-99 – 98 – 1997-98 – 66
  • FT Missed by C. Carrawell, Rebound by C. Maggette : 1998-99 – 98 – 1997-98 – 66