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Bye, Tools!

Date: 3/27/2011

National News  
Posted By: Matt (antiwoofing no more)

Please comment on anything that may be just happen to be on your mind.  Thank you, Kentucky, and thanks, ATHC, who toils powerfully in near-total anonymity behind the scenes and has been stopping this sort of nonsense, with a pretty good run rate, since 1997.

Ahhhhhhhhh.  Now I can enjoy the Final Four and baseball season.  Best wishes to everyone around the world.  It's like Christmas.     


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Posted by: Matt Date: 11/11/2011 8:50:24 PM  
Thanks, Tom. Hope you are doing well too. There won't be a Two Dukies edition today.

Posted by: tom Date: 11/10/2011 5:00:03 PM  
Alright Matt. Need your season start up post. Hope the off season treated your well.

Posted by: T. Randall Taylor Date: 10/28/2011 4:54:47 PM  
THIS JUST IN! Roy hits the recruiting trail hard.


Posted by: CDG Date: 9/17/2011 5:32:53 PM  
Um, Syracuse and Pitt to ACC??? Wha.....? Not sure how I feel about it except to say that the 'Cuse is only 3 hours from Ottawa and having Duke play this close to home would be a dream!!!!

Posted by: Serious G Date: 8/18/2011 7:32:18 PM  
Yes, the possibility of Kelly taking 'the great leap forward' this year is pretty exciting.

Andre's dunk in game #1 was nuts.

Posted by: T. Randall Taylor Date: 8/18/2011 3:38:56 PM  
Well, that was fun. If Ryan Kelly doesn't get big minutes this year I will be disappointed. The kid can play. Put his work ethic into a Plumlee and Duke is unstoppable.

Posted by: Serious G Date: 8/17/2011 7:17:45 PM  
Because your summer needs a little Teddy Dupay:


Posted by: T. Randall Taylor Date: 8/9/2011 8:51:35 AM  
Thanks G.

Posted by: Serious G Date: 8/7/2011 3:11:31 PM  
Hi - I think the summer games are on ESPN3


Posted by: T. Randall Taylor Date: 8/4/2011 3:23:30 PM  
Has anyone heard whether the China games will be televised? There was a Chronicle article suggesting thus a month or so ago but nothing since.

Posted by: Serious G Date: 7/13/2011 7:36:49 PM  
Stephen - that must have been a great experience to see the new kids before the season starts.

Dawkins improved ballhandling is great news, as that should lead to a more well-rounded offensive game.

I also do not expect Kelly to have a strong low post game; however, he is an intelligent player and if he can build on last season's improvement i will be more than happy. I don't see him being a star, but he does bring some solid skills to the table.

We will need Curry to take a step forward; hopefully he just had an average day when you saw him.

Silent G will be awesome. Pretty excited about that guy...could be like a C-Well type of player.

Posted by: Stephen Frazier Date: 7/11/2011 6:10:45 PM  
I attended the Greater NC Pro Am game at NCCU last week and thought I let you guys know my impressions:

Austin Rivers is legit. The kid is ready to be a superstar at the next level right now. I am very excited about this guy. He has good size; can play on or off the ball; very quick and very athletic. If his jump shot is on he can't be guarded at the college level. He should be able to get to the free throw line a lot. He's going to be really good. He seems to be a little bit of a prime donne. He complained to the refs too much about missed calls. And the media and fans were all over this guy for interviews and autographs. Much more than any other player out there (and everybody was out there). But he seems to be a natural leader who will bring some swagger to the team.

Dawkins looked good. Looks like he's been working on this ball handling skills.

Curry look good shooting the ball. His game remains basically the same.

Ryan Kelly was a little disappointing. He didn't really play well. I've given up on him being a low post scorer.

Mike Gbinije looks good. He's kinda got an old man's game. He isn't super athletic but he's athletic enough. He doesn't have a great jump shot but you have to respect it....etc. I think he's a four year player that will be very solid.

Posted by: Serious G Date: 6/28/2011 8:34:47 PM  
Good to see Nolan getting picked in the 1st round. In his 4 years showed Duke fans what a work ethic he has; hopefully that brings him success in the pros. Class player.

I think Singler will find a way to stick around the league for a few years. He could be a steal for Detroit.

Posted by: Josh Date: 5/10/2011 10:59:47 AM  
I'm sad to see Sweaty go. He lent himself to some great Two Dukies material over the years. I'm also excited to see Capel joining the staff. Like Serious G, I'm hoping he can help bring in a big man or two. Having coached Blake Griffin certainly can't hurt his recruiting pitch.

Posted by: Serious G Date: 5/8/2011 7:54:06 PM  
Welcome back Jeff Capel. Very interesting hire, hopefully he can help the team lock down some key commitments. A big man or 2, perhaps.

Will kinda miss Sweaty, though I did not dig his 2001 'conspiracy' comments at the final four. Did a hell of a lot for the UM program.

Posted by: ClemsonGuest Date: 5/5/2011 11:06:58 PM  
I didn't realize Gary Williams was already 66, and now he'll have a better chance to get to 67. The Terps probably aren't crazy about Miami getting Larranaga because he'd've been a candidate for College Park.

Posted by: Serious G Date: 4/22/2011 12:56:52 PM  
Nice hire by the Hurryclowns - Larranaga should work out well

Posted by: Serious G Date: 4/15/2011 9:54:05 PM  
It is banquet night in Durham.

One last time - thank you to Nolan Smith and Kyle Singler for their 4 years at Duke. Remarkable.

I wish I could hear the speeches tonight.

Posted by: CDG Date: 4/5/2011 3:08:31 PM  
Nance-y-pants was all about the Convicts D last night too. Kellog, surprisingly, would have none of it and kept yelling over him that Butler's own bad shooting was also at play.

Yes, U-CON collapsed inside and kept Butler from scoring in the paint, but Al you are so right to say that a lot more of the issue was with Butler's inability to defend late in the second AND their abysmal shooting. If you only shoot 19% and still only lose by a dozen there is more than good D on the part of the opponent at play.

How many days until Midnight Madness??????

Posted by: Al White Date: 4/5/2011 11:10:15 AM  
The legacy of this game will of course be the mind-blowing 18.8% clankfest by Butler. The Connvict defense was awesome, but Butler missed more than enough chippies to win the game. The Bulldogs deserve tremendous credit for being runnerup two years in a row, but they really choked.

Ah, defense. The Devils won it all last year on the strength of their defense and were bounced this year after lousy second half D against 'Zona. And that was on top of giving Michigan layup drills for the last six minutes of that game. Maybe the Plums and Kelly noticed the way the Huskies collapsed on the bucket last night.

Vitale blathered up his picks for next year last night, acknowledging that he didn't really know who was coming back and WHO WAS GOING TO BE ACADEMICALLY ELIGIBLE. Good qualifier. Duke was #5 and you'll never guess who was #1. Dickie said that the word out of Chapel Hill is that they are all coming back. If so, then that means that they will all be lottery rejects. With or without Kyrie, we will beat those clowns at least two out of three next year, too. Hahahahahahah.

Posted by: CDG Date: 4/4/2011 11:21:48 PM  
Of course... Spoke too soon. Bugger!

Posted by: tom Date: 4/4/2011 11:13:03 PM  
Freakin Ucon. Whatever. This is a brutal game to watch. It's now motorcycle season for me until Labor Day weekend when the football season starts. Looking forward to checking out the Dakotas. BTW. Thank you local news for scrolling the high wind warning and shrinking down my TV scrren. I must hurry outside and tie down my loose stuff since wind gusts of 40 mph will be coming. It's right when they did this that Ucon took over.

Posted by: CDG Date: 4/4/2011 10:41:42 PM  
A few comments on the national championship game...

1) Charles was a nice addition in the early rounds but am I the only one who finds his analogies a bit trying now? Good looking girls vs ugly girls in high school? Not buying what he's selling. The rest are both boring and annoying. I'd like an overhaul.

2) Three-person on-air team? Not a fan either although I am enjoying hearing less of Kellog. Other than that bonus, not particularly impressed. Maybe if it was Knight actually bringing a more technical perspective it might work but Kerr joining Golf-pro Nance and Kellog? A decided zero for me.

3) Calgoon is playing true to form, sending out assassins to give hard fouls. Thankfully *most* are being called.

4) Aside from a few mental mistakes and the poor shooting, Butler is executing their game plan exceptionally and exposing UConn-victs holes. Hope they sustain in the second.

5) Nolan was robbed! Had Nolan played on BYU he too would have scored 40 a game. And at least Smith can play defense as well. Jimmer was a one trick pony, albeit one that excited that trick well, but I would have been less pissed if Walker had won (and that says a lot!)

Okay, onward to the next 20.


Posted by: KD Date: 3/31/2011 6:44:50 AM  
Nice to see the Holes bounced, but it was inevitable. They were a very incomplete team. I will have to say that overall, they have pretty good kids on their team, much like ours, so hard to hate as much. I understand that the rivalry is really going to get ratcheted up a notch next year with the introductions of Rivers for us, and I think someone named Hairston for them. They apparently are both real trash talkers and both fan bases are going to enjoy working them over. Should be fun.

Hard for me to fully enjoy the tourney with Calhoun and Calipari still around. Scumbags. However, it will be fun to have someone to root for in the final. Have a great summer everyone and look forward to the banter next fall.

Posted by: Andrew Hicks Date: 3/30/2011 10:22:24 PM  
Slightly off-topic, but something that has been of interest to us at TwoDukies:

Virginia Tech given maximum fine for failure to issue a timely warning on 4/16/07.

Reema, may you rest in peace, along with the others who died that day. There are many people who miss you.

Posted by: Andrew Hicks Date: 3/29/2011 8:26:53 AM  
Congratulations to the Duke Women, who have advanced to the Elite Eight. They face a tough game tonight against U.Conn, who have lost only one game in the last two seasons and are going for their third national title in a row. They played on Jan. 31 at Storrs, with Duke on the wrong end of a 87-51 blowout, and most everyone expects something similar tonight.

I don't follow the women's game much, but when I do, I like the website http://www.dwhoops.com/

One of the finest highlights of this season was an 81-66 drubbing of UNC-CH in the ACC championship game. If they can somehow get past the Huskies tonight, that would be even better.

Go Duke!!!!

Posted by: Jake Date: 3/28/2011 7:22:04 AM  
A wild and wacky weekend in windy March.

I was not surprised to see Arizona look like the Little Sisters of Charity in the first half of their Saturday game. After two days of reading about how everyone who saw Williams play Duke proclaimed him the best player in college and perhaps the best player they had ever seen, he scored -- what? -- six points in the first half (compared to 25 against Duke), and the team made 1 of 11 threes in the first half after shooting 60% against Duke! We'll need to come up with a new term for Bootsied to memorialize the greatest PSBAD ever by this mediocre Arizona team.

But enough bitterness. I'm going to try to enjoy the rest of the tournament. As a Virginia native and resident, I'm pulling for VCU, but I will be happy to see Butler take it as well.

Thanks again, Matt. Good stuff on the Carolina zeitgeist.

On with the madness.

Posted by: tom Date: 3/28/2011 12:03:42 AM  
Thanks Matt for the season. I can go to work Monday in a little bit of a better mood.
I still hope Kentucky and UCONN don't win anything. Being that I'm a GWAR fan, I'll root for VCU. The lead singer graduated from there. I'd be fine with Butler as well. This year is a prime example of just because you're number 1 (or even 2) doesn't mean you're heading to the final four. The possible NBA lockout will be interesting because I'm curious as to how it's going to be handled. If so many players declare, then there's a lockout after the deadline, are they in some state of limbo where they can't head back and have to wait, or will they extend the deadline?
Hope the sight stays open for next season Matt.

Posted by: El Guapito Date: 3/27/2011 9:54:43 PM  
The 2nd Coming was clearly distracted at having to answer "What?" every time that the Tool fans in the arena exclaimed "Jesus Christ."

The bad attitude fans increased 100% during the days of Gutter-Ridge (point guards and big men; point guards and big men). I still remember Shammon Williams standing on press row and pretending to direct the band, a total lack of class. For such a wine and cheese crowd, they have a complete disdain for what brought them and bought them the wine and cheese.

Perhaps I should say this via Skype.......or not. Tool fans, you do this to yourself. Having bonfires on campus when Duke loses in the Final Four because your program is not able to make it. Cheer for your own team, don't worry about ours.

Hoping for a mid-major to win the Championship and finally a realization that the term "mid-major" needs to be struck from the lexicon.

Posted by: CDG Date: 3/27/2011 9:53:53 PM  
Well said Matt; ditto Al. Today's results were like a salve to the open wound of Duke losing. I should make note of the date since it is likely the only time I will ever be grateful to Calipari. See ya Roy!!!!

Now I too can enjoy the last 3 games of the tourney and enjoy my off season.

Quick thanks again to Matt and the D2 site. On a day like today, having this site to come to is golden.

Posted by: Al White Date: 3/27/2011 8:51:48 PM  
Sorry, meant to say that "This day began ...."

Posted by: Al White Date: 3/27/2011 8:49:56 PM  
This game began with the grim prospect of seeing KU win the national championship of Richmond and then having only Butler stand in the way of a national title contest against either UNC-CH, UConvict or Felontucky (the three programs I wish the most ill to, in that order, every season). NOW, we can relish the fact the Tools have been excused and almost all of America will join us in rooting for whichever Cinderella plays the winner of the MSNBC Lockup Bowl between the Dogs and the Cats.

What justice it was to see All-Jerk Harry crumble down the stretch after trash-talking Kentucky when the Tools finally managed to get back into the game. Behaviorally, this tool is ready for the NBA.

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