Duke players watch as the NCAA tournament field is announced Monday (Aaron Fitt)


Scenes From Duke’s Cathartic Monday


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DURHAM, N.C. — When Chris Pollard left Division II Pfeiffer (N.C.) to take over an Appalachian State program that went 10-43 in 2004, a lot of people told him, “Don’t go there. It’s too cold. It’s hard to win there.”

After Pollard led the Mountaineers to 41 wins an a regional runner-up showing in 2012, he interviewed for the head job at Duke, and again he was told it would be a mistake to take the job.

“But I don’t think it’s a mistake when you[…]