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Social media reactions to Duke softball draft No. 10 overall seed

Another selection committee has angered ACC fans.

Despite winning the ACC regular season and tournament championships and finishing with just six losses during the 2024 season, Duke softball earned the No. 10 seed in the 2024 NCAA Softball Tournament during Sunday’s unveiling on ESPN2.

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The Blue Devils finished the season 44-6 and 20-4 in ACC play, including a 3-1 record against Florida State – the defending ACC champions and runners-up in the Women’s College World Series. Despite all that finishing and ranking No. 3 in the RPI, Duke slipped to the No. 10 national seed — two seeds lower, where it could host a Super Regional.

The top eight seeds went to Texas (No. 1), Oklahoma (No. 2), Tennessee (No. 3), Florida (No. 4), Oklahoma State (No. 5), UCLA (No. 6), Missouri (No. 7) and Stanford (No. 8). LSU defeated Duke for the No. 9 seed. That means the Blue Devils would have to travel to Missouri to take on the Tigers if they advance past the Durham Regional.

Kurt McGuffin, chairman of the Division I softball selection committee, appeared on ESPN2 to explain the committee’s decision regarding Duke.

“Well, what drove Duke to (No.) 10 … we had them in the top 10, looking at eight seeds. But Duke was actually a non-conference strength of schedule, where they didn’t play as many games in the top 25. as we would like to see,” McGuffin said. “They had two games in the top 25 in their non-conference strength of schedule. And 58% of their games were in Quad 3 and 4. And we’d like to see more with a team like Duke, in the first and second quad .”

Social media did not react well to Duke’s alleged “sweetie.” Here are some reactions on social media when Duke was ranked No. 10 overall despite winning the ACC regular season and tournament championships:

Social media reactions to Duke softball as the No. 10 seed