You have a point, but you're more correct when you note that Duke is starting from a higher place. Lunardi here is indicating he expects VT to take a significant jump up, while predicting Duke to have a drop from consensus top team preseason to a #2 seed after losing two great seniors and Kyrie, and adding a great recruiting class, ranked much, much higher than VT's.
Originally Posted by shoutingncu
“Those two kids, they’re champions,” Krzyzewski said of his senior leaders. “They’re trying to teach the other kids how to become that, and it’s a long road to become that.”