Columnist already concedes title to Duke

UK coach John Calipari is being given no chance against Duke this season. (Vicky Graff Photo)


Mark Wiedmer of the Chattanooga Times Free Press has already conceded the 2018 national basketball championship to Duke.

Wiedmer has regularly covered Southeastern Conference basketball, including Kentucky, during his career. He’s not one to normally make outlandish statements just to get page views.

But’s he all-in with Duke.

Here’s what he had in the lead of a column this week after Marvin Bailey committed to the Blue Devils.

“Take Duke. Only Duke. In every bracket. And when it comes to that nettlesome tiebreaker, where you have to pick the score? Pick the Blue Devils big. Like 15 to 17 points big. Something along the lines of 83-67. At the very least,” Wiedmer wrote.
He wrote that Duke “is loaded” like never before with the addition of Bagley. Wiedmer thinks he’s the best player to come into college basketball since UK’s Anthony Davis in 2011 — and UK won the 2012 national title.
Wiedmer did not that Michigan State, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville and Arizona could all beat Duke on a given night.
However, Wiedmer like many others is giving the title to Duke already.
“Actually, barring injury, that race may now only be for who finishes second,” Wiedmer wrote to conclude his column.


  1. Not so fast Mark, Just because there loaded it doesn’t mean there in lock for the title. It’s all how the ball bounce and how the officials are calling it during the NCAA Tourney. As everybody knows I thought North Carolina got there way how the officials gave them breaks.

  2. Duke has won the title 1 time out of 7 attempts being ranked preseason number one. Nothing is guaranteed, just ask the 38-1 Kentucky team? It takes a lot of luck to win a title! It is better to enter the season not ranked number one. Anyone in the top ten has a legitimate chance.

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