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Virginia Polytechnic v. Duke

Date: 3/12/2011

Duke Basketball  
Posted By: Matt

Duke plays Virginia Polytechnic today in Greensboro in the ACC-Tournament semifinals, at 3 P.M. Eastern Standard Time, broadcast on ESPN.  Duke will wear white as the higher seed.  Enjoy the game. 


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Posted by: KD Date: 3/13/2011 5:09:08 PM  
Agreed, Tom on Raycom staying with the post-game festivities. Just a great way to send off Nolan and Kyle in their last ACC tilt. Dominated the game from start to finish and as many of you have said, exposed yet another overrated version of the Holes (and particularly their freshmen). More Andre please. Incredible poise and consitency shown by our trees. Just a damn impressive win. I thought the refs were once again completely incompetent, but I think they were equal opportunity morons and didn't seem to give too much of an edge to either team (although in the second half, I swear I saw Swoffie giving hand signals to the crew to make the game tighter).

I am watching the nonsense that is Bracketology and they are indeed saying its a number 2 in Notre Dame's bracket. Under this scenario, who really cares? Duke arguably earned a number one but this year is so wide open I don't think it really matters. We'll see what the politboro does later tonight. I like the optimism from the commenters and who knows, if we play like we did today and stumble into a little luck, we might even get to the Final 4. Still would love to see Kyrie. . .

Posted by: tom Date: 3/13/2011 4:37:33 PM  
Great job! You know, when Duke was up in the first half my sister (who is a Duke fan too) came over to get stuff out of my house (she lived here temporarily) and I was telling her, "Your ruining the Karma." Because I really felt that I was in my zone and with her moving crap from downstairs out the front door it was just screwing up the mood. Am I the only one that thinks this way? Regardless, she got done with 8 minutes left in the game and then I was telling her she needed to stay because she would screw up the karma again. Go figure.
Regardless, this was very nice game and the seniors stepped up with a combination of some nice sophomores and a junior. I will also have give priase to Raycom for showing all of the post game festivities and interviews witht the players (something I don't think you would see on ESPN and a nice bonus if you live in the ACC region and Duke wins it). And I thought Roy giving Nolan some praise and a little dap was professional on his part. Finally, I loved it with about 2 minutes left in the game where Coach K called the time out and he brought the players over he just let out a big
"Yes!" Very nice. Congrats on the ACC Tourney. Okay, let's see what happens.

Posted by: dan Date: 3/13/2011 3:36:59 PM  
Loved the balanced scoring in the curb-stomping of UNC.

Bring on the NCAA tournament. With team basketball shown in the last two games another final four is very possible. Like last year, if we get there we can win it.

Posted by: CDG Date: 3/13/2011 3:31:22 PM  
No kidding Josh! I always turn to people who say Duke got an easy bracket last year and ask them if they had them winning it all then. They, of course, say they had us going out in the second, maybe third, round. That's when I look at them really hard and say "So it was an easy bracket then, was it???" They usually get really embarassed. Logic will get people almost every time. Haters!

I am so happy right now for these guys. I wish we had swept UNC but I'll take this one! Given the pace of the ACC Tourney, and how our team has played through all three rounds, I am way happier to get this win than one in the regular season since it shows the kind of playing - and winning - we need going forward in the Tourney.

Let's keep it up!!!!

Posted by: Josh Date: 3/13/2011 3:24:48 PM  
The bracket projections I saw on the bottom line had Duke as a 2 in Notre Dame's region with BYU as the 3 and Wisconsin as the 4. I would take that in a heartbeat. I think it's logical to conclude that ND was the 4th #1 in that projection, (making Duke the top #2) so after today, you could just flip flop Duke and ND and keep that region together.

Now of course that will never happen, but it's nice to think about, isn't it?

Posted by: CDG Date: 3/13/2011 3:19:27 PM  
Solid, solid, solid win. Nice points distribution and well executed beat-down of the over-rated Holes.

Not sure whether this makes us a #1 now, and not even sure I care, but I'm very happy with the ACC Championship!

Congrats Duke!

Posted by: Josh Date: 3/13/2011 3:01:57 PM  
Thanks heavens someone finally exposed this Tool team! And thank double heavens it was Duke! What a satisfying win.

Haters wanna hate...lovers wanna love...R Kelly doesn't want...none of the above, he wants to piss on u(nc)!

Posted by: Andrew Hicks Date: 3/13/2011 2:47:34 PM  
Up by 12 at the 8 min. TV timeout. Why am I biting my fingernails?

My sense is that this will come down to the wire. Go Duke, and GTHC.

Posted by: Mark Buckner Date: 3/13/2011 12:32:59 PM  
i second t randall's post.

Posted by: T. Randall Taylor Date: 3/13/2011 12:13:34 PM  
If any of the Gentle Readers were at the game yesterday can you please answer a question for me? Does college basketball still employ the inbounds play? What I watched seemed like some bastard version of girls's basketball circa 1970 and Celebrity StarWatch. Yes, Seth's mom is quite fetching. But if I want to see pictures of Women Who Are Too Hot to Give Me the Time of Day there's always the internet. And it has the advantage of being available almost all the time; not just when BB games of some particular interest might be being played.

Posted by: Karl Beem Date: 3/13/2011 10:40:27 AM  
RE: Yesterday

The refs start from incompetence and go from there.
I cringe when I hear "Point of Emphasis".

Posted by: Fats "Lazer" Durston Date: 3/13/2011 12:49:29 AM  

All right, I'll quit now.

Posted by: Fats "Lazer" Durston Date: 3/13/2011 12:45:17 AM  
Confidential to Mi. P.: no more oops, brah. Control the ball. Control.

Posted by: Fats "Lazer" Durston Date: 3/13/2011 12:43:51 AM  
The reefers' "offensive foul" that made for Baby's--I'm sorry, did I say that out loud?--ahem, Dawkins's fifth foul was perhaps the worst call all year in a Duke game.

I am wondering if they injected some sort of numbing agent into Nolan's toe. Like heroin.

Posted by: Matt Date: 3/12/2011 10:40:24 PM  
refers = referees, or reefers, if you like. I hate this new keyboard and want a new one.

Posted by: Matt Date: 3/12/2011 10:39:01 PM  
G, we weren't outrebounded provided that you take team rebounds (rebounds that cannot be ascribed to any individual player by the statkeepers, such as when a missed shot goes out of bounds without being touched by a player, because the players from the nonshooting team just let it go out of bounds) into account. We outrebounded them 35-33. You must be getting the box from ESPN.com, which doesn't bother to list team rebounds despite their status as a recognized basketball stat for decades. I rant about this regularly. ;) (This doesn't make your point any less valid - - the bounding numbers were closer than I would have suspected as well in watching the game.)

The "officiating" "crew" was close to unbelievable in each game, just as you say. Any rational third party watching who doesn't think that ACC refers are biased in the Tools' favor and against Duke is someone I don't need to spend any time with.

Posted by: Serious G Date: 3/12/2011 7:02:01 PM  
Good game though I was surprised to see the box score that we were outrebounded.

Nolan owns Malcolm Delaney, and that is no small accomplishment.

Gotta echo the comments about Dre the last 2 games - good to see him not only getting some burn, but bringing it on both ends of the floor. His body language has done a 180 with these results. Too bad he was robbed of an 'and one' by the horseshit elbow call.

To paraphrase Charlie Murphy - "I wish I had more hands, so I can give Jeff Allen 4 middle fingers" What a bunch of thugs.

The refs were terrible in both games.

Go Duke!

Posted by: tom Date: 3/12/2011 6:45:29 PM  
Thanks CDG. Date was worth it. Workmanlike performance for today's game. Not many fouls called lol. Everyone contributed. How many times did Kyle go to the ground? Geez. Okay. Moving on to the team of density.

Posted by: CDG Date: 3/12/2011 3:53:30 PM  
Hey Tom, hope the date was worth it! ;)

Last night was just awesome. I watched the game with the guy I have been dating - who thinks I'm pretty strange since I think a great date night involves take-out Thai and watching a basketball game - and was just BESIDE myself when Nolan went down. He actually asked me if I was crying at one point.

I told him that from the gestures that Nolan was making - using his hand and doing almost a side-ways T - I thought it was his toe and sure enough, it was. Learning it was not his big one was the first piece of good news.

At this point I would be cool if he sat this game out and took it easy. Yeah, getting to the final would be nice but if we can keep the flow going like it was last night, I want a healthy and happy Nolan.

Matt - I am right there with you on the Holes loss. I've been saying it all week - we were within winable range and it was essentially Nolan playing against all of UNC. Have the others on the court actually contribute and not make some foolish, foolish plays - we win it. I was really just pissed about the loss because we walked on court looking defeated from the start and you can't win like that. The Dirty Footmen are not world-beaters and I sure hope they get exposed early too. But you decide early to give them the game, then they don't need last minute help from the refs or good-luck baskets like they have in three of the last four including today's "win". Guess which game is the "one" in that little stat? Yeah...

Okay - game underway...


Posted by: Fats "Lazer" Durston Date: 3/12/2011 3:35:01 PM  

Posted by: Josh Date: 3/12/2011 2:13:39 PM  
Also, I note that Clemson is up 10 at the half. Over/under on how many minutes it takes for that lead to disappear? I'll say 6.

Posted by: Josh Date: 3/12/2011 2:09:17 PM  
I don't have a comment on this upcoming game (yet), but I see that Georgia Tech finally fired Paul Hewitt. Maybe there is some hope for the ACC after all?

Posted by: tom Date: 3/12/2011 1:03:37 PM  
Well, I watched the DVR of the game today and was rather suprised and pretty much agree with what everyone else said about it. I live in Winston Salem and I had a gess that at least Tech one yesterday when I saw a Tech car driving past me. And I had a a guess that Duke won when I got a text from my sis asking when does Duke play today. Thanks sis. Regardless, let's hope Nolan is good to go. And see what happens today.

Posted by: Matt Date: 3/12/2011 11:49:53 AM  
Nolan is probable to play per Android Katz. X-rays were, thank the stars, negative. So we'll see. Meanwhile, Singler and Dawkins regarined some confidence, and triple-brooming MDCP is never bad. BTW, nice gesture by GWilliams going up to Singler postgame and wishing him well. Wish that school's fans, with a few exceptions, had an ounce of that kind of class. Oh, well; I'm sure they'll pack the Cable Box for the NIT.

Posted by: Matt Date: 3/12/2011 11:47:31 AM  

Good post. I had a really fun, jammin' week (sarcasm) in just about every aspect of my life this week (except for being healthy, thank goodness and knock on wood while counting blessings), and to try to get away from that hell unwind for a few minutes, I visited a local Duke message board. Within 15 minutes, I was fairly vicioucly attacked by two *****Duke fans***** who wanted to shout me down with their overriding opinion that NCCH is a good, even great, team.

I just don't get how people can be so dense, and why Duke fans need to have Stockholm Syndrome when UNC-CH beats Duke. Why did these people think Nolan was so mad after that fiasco? Duke still could have won the game with four minutes left by hitting a couple of shots, despite playing its worst basketball all season. NCCH is not a bad team, but neither are they a good one - - not by a long shot. Just ask Frank Haith or Steve Donahue, coaches who SOMEHOW DOPED OUT to play a zone against the Tools (Coach K? Bueller? Hello?), only to have all the balls and the calls go the Twinks' way at the end and lose by two. (And I'm not saying Haith doesn't get some blame for his team blowing a 19-point lead.)

However, NCCH will destroy Clemson today, who knows what will happen tomorrow (if it's VPI, they'll win that game easily too, no contest), and they're a virtual mortal lock - - as in, find someone (if needed)to float you a million, go to Las Vegas, and bet on them to win and you're set for life - - to make the Final Four. If anyone remembers 2000, it's the same deal.

Posted by: Andrew Hicks Date: 3/12/2011 11:26:17 AM  
I am trying to not be depressed about the UNC-CH Team of Destiny. But I can't help it; they are simply Not A Good Team and deserve neither the fawning adulation of the media nor the lucky breaks that keep falling their way. Matt, you are right about their likely “road to the final four.” Sigh. Fats, I hope you are right about them making an early departure.

And I am trying to not be depressed about Nolan. At the least, I am hopeful that he might be ready to play by next week. If the rest of the team plays like they did yesterday and Nolan is able to join them at something close to 100%, we might still go far. Or not. After the recent two losses, I was trying to remember when we last lost a game to a team that was clearly superior – not just better that night, but better all around, a team that could beat us in an NBA-style best of seven. It has been a long time.

Anyway, I was very happy that Kyle played so well, and Curry, and Dawkins. I have always believed in him, and wish this young man the very best.

But for today, my heart is with Nolan. He represents all that is good about Duke basketball.

Posted by: Fats "Lazer" Durston Date: 3/12/2011 11:17:44 AM  
Oh yes, the lane drive-dish-layup is a very nice addition to the Duke offensive repertoire.

Posted by: Fats "Lazer" Durston Date: 3/12/2011 11:16:57 AM  
"if anyone knows who the big kid wearing #12 was, let me know, because he was awesome. Wish we'd had that guy for the past month."


"the North Carolina-Chapel Hill Tar Heels, via every lucky break imaginable ... are going to win the 2011 national title, you'd better start preparing yourself"

While I fear this, of course, they are going to be chilly from three point land in one tight game, and non-ACC teams have proven less willing to give the game away to them. (Save KY, who we have seen has road problems elsewhere.) I suspect they fall somewhere between 32 and 8.

Posted by: dan Date: 3/12/2011 11:13:46 AM  
Outstanding team game against MD. Even without Nolan this is a winnable game. I would have liked to see Seth at the point more this season. He has good vision and is an excellent passer.

The Plumlees need to control the boards and be effective inside on offense. This would be a good time for Kelly and Dawkins to have back to back productive games. For a long Duke run both will need to produce. Shot selection will be key. Only 15 threes were taken against MD. Here's to midrange jumpshots and free throws.


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