Hilarious and interesting viewpoint on how small schools can succeed against the mighty.
OT: No longer a surprise when a small school beats Duke
at home. Anyone can beat them away from home when the refs are not favoring them. Coach K plus the setting is more pressure on refs then opponents at home, away its open game. I think we could've beat them. Texas though, not so confident against them.
Guy on far right is about to cry
I think Wojo invented the floor slap. I hated him as a player more than most other Dookies.
I think Bobby Hurley did it, too.
My top 5 most hated Dookies of all time.
5. Thomas Hill
3. Cherokee Parks
2. Bobby Hurley
1. Christian Laettner
The curse of Capel?
Since Coach K rescued him from unemployment three years ago, Duke is just 3-3 in the tourney, with two awful first-round losses (to #15 and #14 seeds, respectively).
Maybe that program is getting a little inbred - all three of K's assistants are his former players (Nate James being the other one).
As happy as I was to see Duke go down, I try to keep myself restrained so I don't say something to piss off the anti-hubris gods; particularly when my team plays tomorrow.
Being superstitious is a bad way to go through life.
This. Is. Awesome. For so many reasons.
The combination of losing to 15 seed Lehigh and 14 seed Mercer in the last 3 tournaments has to be worse than The Horror, right?
Not at all. The Horror is above every other upset I can think of
Stanford over USC that same year.
Why would you even bring up Lehigh? That's a year neither Duke or Michigan fans should bring up.
#16 Coastal Carolina is leading #1 Virginia at the half.
No 16 has ever beaten a 1.
While we wait for college basketball’s powers that be to invent a new March Madness structure, one that allows Duke to suffer a devastating defeat, advance to the next round, then lose again in a never-ending cycle of shame, this is the best we can hope for.
That was a pretty entertaining read, and I agree with him here - what he describes above needs to happen one day, preferably in a bracket where Duke is awash in representatives from mid-majors and smaller conferences.
I like the outro:
"So long as Duke gets humiliated three times more often than it reigns victorious, I think we can all agree that college basketball is working beautifully."
about how those awful small schools didn't deserve their spots over more ACC schools.
Indiana Duke. We don't play in the CBI NCAA's.
Is the woman behind them sending some psychic mind rays or what.
Amazing article. Fuck Dook
As long as they aren't a 1 or 2 seed, no, it isn't surprising at all.
Wichita State is real.
Against a 13-19 team?!
They should win...by a lot.
From the Cal Poly side...you won't win much scoring less than 30 a game.
They would be a 4-5 seed at best if they would have lost just 1 game...
But they didn't. I think they're for realz.
Everyone has varying definitions of for real. Do you mean favorites in the Midwest? Title contenders? A team that would of contended for the big 10 if they were in it? Or just a respectable team?
It seems pretty obvious that "for real" here means more than "would place fairly high in the B1G". I get everyone knocking the schedule, and tourneys are fluky, but they were a pretty good team last year (9 seed) and made the Final 4. And didn't they bring back everyone from that team? Obviously they wouldn't have gone undefeated in a stronger conference, and you might not think they're the best, but I think it's crazy for someone to say they're not for real (i.e., strong NC contenders).
Absolutely true that teams beating top-ranked programs like Duke are no longer "out-of-nowhere" upsets. There is a clear pattern and formula for beating any team; shoot really well and force them to keep up. Either that, or have some weird collection of really good, older players and just wear down your opposition.
Mercer didn't really come out of nowhere. They beat Florida Gulf Coast in their conference tourney final last week. All Mercer starters are seniors.
"DICKIE V IS OFFICIALLY ON SUICIDE WATCH BABY"-Dick Vitale
No excuse for Duke not succeeding. If the excuse is that they are not "Duke Players" it questions Coach K's ability. Parker, Cook, Suliamon, and Hood is a lineup that should atleast get past the first weekend.
at second-tier programs can now be competitive with elite programs with lots of one- or two-and-done players. In other words, can non-elite but very experienced talent be competitive with more highly-talented programs whose best players never stay long enough to become seniors?
The premise of the argument is that dook is fielding a young team with high offensive efficiency, but a porous defense. At that high level, there are certainly strong parallels to Michigan. However, we have Beilein and 2014, obviously. GO BLUE!