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TD: NCCH Game Post/Blog

Date: 2/8/2012

Two Dukies  
Posted By: Matt




TWO DUKIES PICK THE ACC
Volume XV, Episode 9
WHAT A COMPLETE TOOL EDITION 
February 8, 2012

#10 DUKE (19-4, 6-2) @ #5 NORTH CAROLINA-CHAPEL HILL (20-3, 7-1)

Matt's comments in
blue. 
Leff Jebo's comments in white.

SIGH, BUT, WHAT ARE YOU GONNA DO DEPARTMENT:   Getting swept by the Florida schools at home is not good.  Losing to Miami at home is not good.  BUT when you look at that game . . . well, I donít want to make excuses, but if Duke had just come out with any fire at all in the first half, the result would have been different.  Duke lost the game because:

    (1)    no one except Rivers seemed to care in the first half; 

    (2)    Cameron's atmosphere, for whatever reason, simply blows this year and offers no real home court advantage; 

    (3)    The team was obviously looking past MIFL; 

    (4)    K and staff failed to make any first-half adjustments whatsoever; 

    (5)    The second-half rally stunned Miami but unluckily came up just short; 

    (6)    A tired team missed all six of its free throws in overtime and Quinn made one, maybe two really bad late-game decisions. 

It was a one-point loss at home (I have no idea what those last two free throws with 0.1 seconds left were about) to a team that's pretty good, featuring a player who routinely kills us and, naturally, garnered the Bootsy.  This is not a "next play" situation because things need to be done (seriously, is there anything that can fire up the frigging crowd??), but some of it was just bad luck.  Don't discount the presence of rampant Duke-hater and just general incompetent Karl Hess, either.  That was his sixth opportunity to screw us this season, and we were due to lose one of those at some point.

NEW YORK GIANTS DEPARTMENT:  Since this Duke team defies all prediction, and is making me look stupid every edition out, this is my chance to mention that I thought NYG would win the Super Bowl from the moment they beat the Cowboys in Week Seventeen.  Shortly, I expect to have some greenish pieces of watermarked paper in my possession to prove this.  I speak hypothetically, of course.  Interestingly, the Giants' vaunted (with good reason) pass rush was a factor exactly twice in the game - - getting the safety to open the scoring, and sacking Brady on the final drive.  However, the secondary held up and the Patriots' inability to run the ball really hurt them.  Now, the Giants got really, REALLY lucky - - any of the three ball-plants they committed would have effectively killed their chances, but they recovered the first two, and the third, recovered by the Patriots, was nullified by a twelve-men-on-field penalty.  Welker dropping that ball and Gronkowski running at about 25% didn't hurt the Giants, either.  

Eli Manning is the best quarterback in football.  He carried that team all season, masked all of its deficiencies, and made one of the most stunning throws I've ever seen, to Mario Manningham to begin the Giants' winning drive.  That was no Helmet Catch (no disrespect to David Tyree - - it was awesome) in front of an out-of-position, headhunting Rodney "Dirtbag" Harrison - - that was just a simply amazing throw (and catch).  If I'm down in the fourth quarter, I want Eli with the ball over Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Tom Brady or anyone else.  Peyton who?  I feel bad for Peyton, but his time has come and gone.  It's the Eli Era now.      

DUKE CAN WIN THIS GAME DEPARTMENT:  As always, you have to separate the media's perception of NCCH from reality, and as Ronald Reagan and Bush the Way Lesser amply illustrated, that's easier said than done.  Here's the reality: 

    (1)    NCCH has played an almost comically easy schedule this season.  All of their statistics, but most notably their defense, have to be evaluated in that context.  If you want some detail, they played Michigan State early, but that team early is never the same as that team later (the same holds true in assessing our win over Michigan State); Wisconsin is overrated by everyone, including Pomeroy, and frankly could have won that game in Chapel Hill; I'm not sold on Kentucky either (destroying Florida at Racist Arena, despite everyone's raving and ranting today, is meaningless - - Florida is even worse defensively than Duke is) and NCCH did, after all, lose, and Texas is 15-9 and has lost five of its last eight.  Not a tough schedule at all; sorry, Tool Nation!   

    (2)    Zeller is methodical and good and Henson is an unpredictable sanitation clown, but neither one of them possesses the sheer bulk needed to push the Plumlees off the block.  Except for Zeller, no one weighs more than 218 on the Tool squad.  Phone Pole weighs 210 and can't shove anyone around, and Hairston and James Michael Robert Thomas Matthew Mark Luke & John McAdoofus aren't muscular or physical.  K NEEDS TO START BOTH PLUMLEES AND KELLY IN THIS GAME.  Hairston - - our Hairston - - is the first one off the bench along with Seth.  Rivers and Cook start at guard.  Period.  

    (3)    There's no rip-roaring outside shooter.  Bull-AHHHHHHHHK can make the distance shot and he's 6-7, so Duke won't be able to stop him convincingly from jacking up threes without real fire and effort, but he's only made 42 triples.  Hairbag and P.J. Fatboy have 30 apiece (Hairston = 30-97, 30.9%), and Marshall has 14 (in 45 attempts - - 31.1%).  That's it!  No one else on the team has made a three.  

   (4)     Actually, Kelly can guard Barnes.  He's not the kind of player that Ryan has trouble with. 

   (5)     NCCH has no depth.  Forget that Watts cretin and Still Waters White - - I just mentioned everyone. 

   (6)     The Twinks have no burners.  Marshall is, of course, not that guy, and for all the ridiculous hype, neither is Barnes; if he were, he'd be in the Neeba right now.  Bull-AHHHHHHHHK and Hairston are plodding clods.  Honestly, Duke should be able to stay in front of these guys.  

   (7)     Statistically, this is difficult to quantify, but NCCH scores the vast majority of its points on fast breaks and plays where the defense breaks out of its sets because of secondary breaks, offensive rebounds, or other weird bounces of the ball.  The team is awful at the line (65.1%, 286th in Division I), and scores only 18.8% of its points from beyond the arc, good for #334 out of 345 in the country.  A similar team in that regard?  St. John's.  And Duke figured out how to handle that, at least in the first half.   

SO, DUKE CAN WIN THIS GAME?   Sure!  The right starting lineup would help, as would dictating the flow of the game instead of letting Rrhoid do it.  Pack the back line - - we might have even won a national championship last time we did this - - and make Bull-AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHK and the Skyper beat us.  If they hit 12 threes or something between them, oh well!  Not our day.  Or do something less drastic that still sags off the perimeter.  But if we start letting Zeller establish post position and allowing Henson to fly in over the back (no call, guaranteed) for slams on missed shots, it's over. 

WE NOW PRESENT WHO ARE THESE CLOWNS?

Tyler Zeller, 7-0 SR - - the people who figure out that Zeller is NCCH's best player are the people who beat NCCH.  Sound simple?  It is.  And it is.  Push him away from the block and do not doubleteam him over-aggressively.  He can't pass the ball, so it's not needed.  Just let him shoot and block everyone else, especially Henson, out. 

John Henson, 6-10 JR - - Phone Pole is a nice defensive player because he blocks a lot of shots and he seizes a lot of d-boards, but he's strictly an average offensive player, and there's no one in the country I can think of who gets more frustrated if he isn't allowed to play his game.  I'd put Mason on him and have Miles guard Zeller.  Just keep Stick Figure away from the offensive glass and try to put him on the line (44.3%) if it looks like he's going to score. 

Harrison Barnes, 6-8 SO - - the most overrated player in the country.  Plays no defense, rarely passes the ball, and makes about 92.0% of his three-point baskets when there's no one guarding him (that's my statistic) because teams get stupid about watching Zeller and Henson on the inside, or because he's wide open, usually on a fast break, a secondary break, or some jailbreak play where the defense breaks down and he just lounges around near the stripe waiting for the outlet redirect.  He is soft and can be bodied fairly easily; he is almost never in the mix for a contested board.  I want Kelly, Kelly, and Kelly guarding him.  Hairston can take over for a few minutes at a time. 

Kendall Marshall, 6-3 SO - - slow, but one of the best passers in Division I.  Plays no defense and doesn't drive unless left wide open (which actually happens on occasion because, again, too much attention is paid to Greedo and Phone Pole).  Whatever Duke does, they should try to switch on screens so that Rivers can drive, again and again, on Marshall.  Just try it.

Reggie Bullock, 6-7 SO - - one of those "height immaterial" guys, but Rivers sort of has to guard him or he'll shoot over Cook and Curry.  Stop me if you've heard this before, but he's a weak defender and hardly ever drives the bucket.  He has ten FTAs all season. 

BENCH?  Sure.  This won't take long. 

P.J. Hairston, 6-6 FR - - a total stiff who does one thing well - - he shoots free throws very capably.  Not a great outside shooter as far as anyone's been able to detect so far, and like Bullock and Marshall, he is slow of foot and doesn't mix it up with any appreciable degree of physicality. 

James McAdoo, 6-9 FR - - this year's version of Justin Knox, a/k/a the designated guy who comes in to give Zeller/Henson a breather (not a blow; maybe they save that for off the court) and that's it.  He shoots 40.2% from the field and 60.7% from the line, boards only slightly better than Barnes, and like Hairston, reliably commits fouls.     

Justin Watts, 6-4 SR - - he's Justin Watts. 

BOTTOM LINE THIS FOR ME, PLEASE:  Predicting this Duke team is almost impossible.  They won at VPI when I thought they would lose, and then, instead of cruising at home with a viable game plan against Miami, they earned Reggie Johnson millions of dollars (and still almost won).  At least the weak Cameron crowd wonít be a factor here.  It's easy to see a Duke path to victory, and just as easy to see the team simply quit like they did late against Temple, but since NCCH scores tons of easy points against opponents who have given up or lack solid advance planning, that would result in a 10-12 point loss. 

Who knows?  If this team would just show some fire, and K and the staff would do some creative coaching, they could easily win this one.  

PREDICTION:   North Carolina-Chapel Hill 84, Duke 79.  You don't want me picking Duke. 


Please add your comments below.  Thanks as always for reading.   

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Posted by: Matt Date: 2/10/2012 12:38:48 AM  
Right you are. Working. It will be on your desk by morning, sir.


Posted by: Mark Buckner Date: 2/9/2012 9:19:05 PM  
Matt, where is the recap? "Glee" reruns can wait.


Posted by: Matt Date: 2/9/2012 9:05:40 PM  
If it hadn't been Syracuse, one of my favorite five teams other than Duke, then yeah. But it was okay and not Syracuse's fault. Just more EspenNonsense (TM). Can't stack games 2.5 hours apart! Nooooo!


Posted by: Official Syracuse Guy Date: 2/9/2012 8:07:20 PM  
Just checking to make sure that y'all are still here?!? Didn't know if any of y'all stroked out or something in the excitement last night. By the way, I'm pretty certain some of y'all were taking my team's (and in at least one instance my name) name in vain as we screwed around and let our game go to OT, forcing you to miss a portion of your game. Peace.


Posted by: Fats "Lazer" Durston Date: 2/9/2012 3:15:24 PM  
Oh, goody, a recap of the Dadgum heard 'round the world.


Posted by: Matt Date: 2/9/2012 12:39:27 PM  
RECAP COMING TONIGHT. YES, THIS WILL BE ONE OF THOSE DUKIES.COM RECAPS THAT GOES INTO SOME DEGREE OF DETAIL AND TRIED TO FOCUS ON STUFF THAT YOU MAY NOT HAVE READ ELSEWHERE. LIKE JAY BIAS AND THE ACTUAL RULE BEHIND THE ZELLER "MAY I HELP YOU GUYS" SCORE.

STAY TUNED!



Posted by: Matt Date: 2/9/2012 12:37:42 PM  
Fats - - so . . . Duke lived, right? Silly mediots. it's hard when NCCH takes a tumble given how invested all of their J-school grads are in seeing them win. Maybe NCCH should try shooting the three occasionally itself. Or better yet, don't. As you pointed out, 1-7? What is this, 1985?


Posted by: T. Randall Taylor Date: 2/9/2012 11:31:54 AM  
Blue Heaven?

http://lockerz.com/s/182037170



Posted by: Fats "Lazer" Durston Date: 2/9/2012 11:26:13 AM  
An annoyance: most of the post-game articles I read repeat the mantra "live-by-the-three, die-by-the-three," as a flaw in Duke. There's a little element of truth there, but mainly when it's "die-by-the-really-poorly-chosen-three." But no one says about Carolina "live-by-the-two, die-by-the-two." I mean, what national champ contender has a 3-pt line like 1-7?


Posted by: ClemsonGuest Date: 2/9/2012 10:09:33 AM  
The one who really wasn't sleeping last night was Zeller. The own-goal, going 2 of 4 on FTs that could have sealed it for UNC, and having Austin's THREE! sail over his head like a Blue Angel. No sympathy here though.


Posted by: T. Randall Taylor Date: 2/9/2012 9:05:29 AM  
College basketball is a beautiful thing.


Posted by: tom Date: 2/8/2012 11:59:54 PM  
Wow. Tell you what. I was happy how the team played up to about the last 5 minutes of the first half and then I felt that UNC would just take over so I really hated being right because sure enough they get a 13 point lead. Austin seemed like the only guy trying out there and no one could make free throws. Holes were mostly getting the calls, and every time Duke came within about 7 or 8 they would extend it back out to a dozen or so. The last two minutes of that game were unbelievable. I've never seen anything like it since the Miracle Minute. How does a ball get tipped in by a UNC player? And why wasn't that a goaltend? Is there a rule I'm missing there? Also, any UNC fan can talk about Curry's travel fine but also talk about that chippy foul called on Mason there in the final 30. That stuff is never called in a game. Austin became a man (if he wasn't already). And despite all of these obstacles, this team came back and won this game. Unbelievable. So, its a great win, it's still the regular season, Duke plays UNC again. So, lets get ready for the next game. I yelled for 10 minutes. Good night guys.


Posted by: Matt Date: 2/8/2012 11:44:36 PM  
That announcing team was just fantastic, BTW. Not a follicle or a decent piece of analysis between them.


Posted by: Mark Buckner Date: 2/8/2012 11:36:56 PM  
Henson and Barnes are kids, I understand, but I can't help wondering how much of a smartass they're being now?



Posted by: Matt Date: 2/8/2012 11:33:16 PM  
Guys, remember that you can break the comments page with long character strings. It's not your fault - - it's mine, for never, ever updating the code on this website. Just asking a favor; no disrespect intended. Thanks.


Posted by: Matt Date: 2/8/2012 11:32:22 PM  
Austin Rivers jump talk? Really? Can we talk about, I don't know, something else? Never mind the fact that unlike Kyrie Irving, he is hardly a lock to jump for a host of reasons.


Posted by: Dave Date: 2/8/2012 11:32:02 PM  
On the one hand, it's sad that Doug Gottlieb can tell that we shouldn't be guarding Marshall on the perimeter, but K can't.

On the other hand (and to join a common sentiment): HAH!



Posted by: El Guapito Date: 2/8/2012 11:31:02 PM  
This team needs to watch the last 2:18 and take note that defense won this game combined with a little poise. Hoping this was the proverbial growth game.

Was this game broadcast on film rather than video? The ESPN feed and the RAYCOM feed both are the same and they are both a bit jittery, clearly not video. Not really impressed by the film crew efforts tonight.



Posted by: CDG Date: 2/8/2012 11:30:52 PM  
am flabbergasted...

Look for the following:

1) Duke gets all the calls;

2) Rivers walked on the the 3 that got them into range; and

3) We stole this from UNC (which Dan already just said).

Sigh.

So happy we won, but it was not a win I would like to see repeated....



Posted by: Al White Date: 2/8/2012 11:30:01 PM  
HAHAHAHAHA! That's five out of the last six!! They'd better fire Horseface ASAP.


Posted by: blueflame Date: 2/8/2012 11:27:06 PM  
o.k., o.k. great shot under pressure by Rivers. I just wish he could drop the attitude. But hell, I'll grin all day long in the face of the cry-o-lina fans.


Posted by: El Guapito Date: 2/8/2012 11:20:29 PM  
And he gives a class interview to Erin Andrews. I like that kid. Will be sad to see him jump early.


Posted by: Dave Date: 2/8/2012 11:19:32 PM  
As much as Rivers makes my crazy, I'll shut the hell up for a while.


Posted by: CDG Date: 2/8/2012 11:18:58 PM  
Great blog tonight - the presence of Matt was a super bonus. See you Saturday! :)


Posted by: CDG Date: 2/8/2012 11:18:22 PM  
Oh, and thanks Austin.

You have left your mark and we will miss you when you jump, but do not blame you.



Posted by: Matt Date: 2/8/2012 11:18:17 PM  
. . and cue Stuart Scott and Scott Van Pelt. What's up, guys? How you feeling?


Posted by: Matt Date: 2/8/2012 11:16:57 PM  
Ausitn Rivers defeats the referees, his own coach, Bullethead and Jay Bias, and oh yes - - the North Carolina-Chapel Hill Tar Heels.


Posted by: Fats "Lazer" Durston Date: 2/8/2012 11:15:46 PM  
I wet myself a lot.


Posted by: Fats "Lazer" Durston Date: 2/8/2012 11:15:33 PM  
Coach K wet himself a little.


Posted by: El Guapito Date: 2/8/2012 11:15:33 PM  
Wow. clutch. about damned time someone had some heart!


Posted by: Matt Date: 2/8/2012 11:13:47 PM  
HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
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Posted by: Dave Date: 2/8/2012 11:13:32 PM  
Wow.


Posted by: Matt Date: 2/8/2012 11:12:54 PM  
I'm fine with that call by Cahill. Looked right to me.


Posted by: El Guapito Date: 2/8/2012 11:12:35 PM  
No doubt. Loved Collins and his energy.


Posted by: Matt Date: 2/8/2012 11:09:21 PM  
My bad, El G - - I thought you were talking about attitude, when you were actually talking about physical/team characteristics. Very good analysis on your part. But we don't have anyone who could shoot the three-pointer like Chris Collins could.


Posted by: Fats "Lazer" Durston Date: 2/8/2012 11:09:06 PM  
Gah, Rivers missed Mase under the basket open!


Posted by: Dave Date: 2/8/2012 11:08:45 PM  
Seriously? After this game, a push on the back on Mason?


Posted by: CDG Date: 2/8/2012 11:08:16 PM  
I wonder if there is a delay up here. You guys seem way ahead of me...


Posted by: CDG Date: 2/8/2012 11:07:27 PM  
UNC over Kentlucky??? Really???? Neither has impressed me. Still think Syracuse is the legitimate one.

Okay.... is this for real or just a series of lucky shots/breaks????



Posted by: Matt Date: 2/8/2012 11:07:20 PM  
Heh. I love that we're actually going to make this close.


Posted by: Dave Date: 2/8/2012 11:07:19 PM  
Why are is Vitale blathering about which is better, UNC or UK? They played already....


Posted by: El Guapito Date: 2/8/2012 11:06:50 PM  
No, 95-96, 18-13, servicable big men, but not enough heart and no established point guard.


Posted by: Matt Date: 2/8/2012 11:06:08 PM  
Rrhoid adjusted at halftime, and went away from Zeller and over to Hairbag. That was the difference. At halftime, Krzyewski did nothing.


Posted by: Dave Date: 2/8/2012 11:06:06 PM  
And in the video replay of the McAdoo, he just shoves a Plumlee under the basket. Which is evidence of a world of talent, I guess.


Posted by: CDG Date: 2/8/2012 11:05:01 PM  
Ugh, of course Florida State had to lay an egg tonight, just so that the Holes could take over first in the league....

Wow, Bias actually caught Barnes in the act and called him. Color me shocked....



Posted by: Fats "Lazer" Durston Date: 2/8/2012 11:03:50 PM  
Mason's been getting pushed under the basket again and again.


Posted by: Matt Date: 2/8/2012 11:02:40 PM  
95-96? No. That team cared and had Chris Collins, who bled Duke blue and guided Duke back to the NCAAs. You mean 1994-1995?


Posted by: El Guapito Date: 2/8/2012 11:01:00 PM  
K lost the national championship in 86 because of stallball. Never has learned, not that it would matter with this group.

This team is like watching the 95-96 team all over again.



Posted by: Matt Date: 2/8/2012 11:00:41 PM  
Ha - - everyone catch that little sarcastic in-your-face handclap by Hairbag Barnes after Thornton or whoever that was got called for the foul? I am so glad that punk never came to Duke.


Posted by: Matt Date: 2/8/2012 10:58:34 PM  
Where's Quinn Cook? I mean, are we really supposed to believe that we're witnessing the greatest college coach of all time in action here? This is astonishing.


Posted by: CDG Date: 2/8/2012 10:57:10 PM  
Hey, if we left the court, would the score be any different????


Posted by: Matt Date: 2/8/2012 10:56:18 PM  
I mean, this Tool team is actually not only not great, it's also not even very good. Wow.


Posted by: CDG Date: 2/8/2012 10:55:50 PM  
Ugh... all these fouls means one of two things: either the loss is going to be dragged out forever or will allow us to slowly chip away by exposing UNC's lack of depth. A good coach/team would work/motivate towards the latter.... Instead, we get that.


Posted by: Matt Date: 2/8/2012 10:54:51 PM  
Mason ends the traditional, statutorily required almost five-minute (it was actually 4:42) Duke field goal drought.

Kelly is really playing like a complete dolt.



Posted by: Matt Date: 2/8/2012 10:51:21 PM  
Krzyzewski doesn't even look like he cares on the bench. Accordingly, I'm not really sure why I should.


Posted by: Fats "Lazer" Durston Date: 2/8/2012 10:50:34 PM  
I think we're up to 4 on the "free" layups for marshall count.


Posted by: Fats "Lazer" Durston Date: 2/8/2012 10:47:00 PM  
When I think best 6th man in America, my mind goes right to P.J. Hairbag.


Posted by: Matt Date: 2/8/2012 10:46:31 PM  
Sigh. Another historic effort from the Plumlees.


Posted by: Dave Date: 2/8/2012 10:44:25 PM  
But but but Matt, I heard NCCH had the 7 best players in America!


Posted by: CDG Date: 2/8/2012 10:44:05 PM  
There is NO reason we should be losing to THIS team, even with our own issues.


Posted by: blueflame Date: 2/8/2012 10:43:00 PM  
Rivers, what a ball-hog, passing wizard


Posted by: CDG Date: 2/8/2012 10:41:53 PM  
Losing to the Tools is one thing. Losing when we shouldn't have, and in fact weren't despite the refs attempts to make it otherwise, is painfully bad. I do not understand why it is so wrong to have our players play the FULL FORTY MINUTES??? Yes, counsel them to take high-value shots and to play in control, but there is no reason to have them stop playing for the last quarter of each half!!!!!


Posted by: Matt Date: 2/8/2012 10:41:50 PM  
The first half of this game should be required viewing for anyone who thinks that the Tools are a legitimate national title contender.

They aren't.



Posted by: Matt Date: 2/8/2012 10:39:58 PM  
Heh. I love how all of a sudden, Seth Curry can't shoot free throws.


Posted by: Matt Date: 2/8/2012 10:38:33 PM  
Now Mason's just gripping and forcing stuff and being dumb.


Posted by: Dave Date: 2/8/2012 10:35:22 PM  
why in the f*** are we guarding Marshall 40 feet from the basket???


Posted by: Fats "Lazer" Durston Date: 2/8/2012 10:35:21 PM  
HA HA HA (Matt)


Posted by: Matt Date: 2/8/2012 10:33:34 PM  
At the end of this 11 or 12-point loss, I want Austin Rivers to tell the mediots in the press room that he doesn't consider Stallball to be Duke basketball, and anytime the team goes into Stallball, it feels like a loss, and if "Coach K" disagrees, Austin's going to fight him on that. He can close by saying that Duke (or NCCH) didn't get its banners by playing Stallball, and that he didn't come to Duke to play Stallball.


Posted by: Fats "Lazer" Durston Date: 2/8/2012 10:25:19 PM  
What, a ball out of bounds, and no foul on Miles? Not understanding...


Posted by: blueflame Date: 2/8/2012 10:24:45 PM  
Well, I guess we had our 16 minutes of success. What's left won't be pretty.


Posted by: Dave Date: 2/8/2012 10:22:13 PM  
Thanks for that clarification Fats. It all makes so much more sense now.


Posted by: Fats "Lazer" Durston Date: 2/8/2012 10:21:08 PM  
They meant to call a carry but then realized it was against Marshall, and changed the call.


Posted by: Dave Date: 2/8/2012 10:21:01 PM  
Matt--be sure to factor into your stall-ball analysis the recruiting benefits is surely breeds; most kids would given anything to play for a program that'll make them stand around for half a game....


Posted by: Dave Date: 2/8/2012 10:18:36 PM  
The foul on that Marshall drive was where?


Posted by: Fats "Lazer" Durston Date: 2/8/2012 10:18:14 PM  
***** **** ***** ***** ****ing **** the ****


Posted by: Josh Date: 2/8/2012 10:17:13 PM  
Oh look, a Duke Field Goal Drought (TM)


Posted by: Matt Date: 2/8/2012 10:13:14 PM  
I just can't get over the Stallball. How can Krzyzewski be so blasted thick?????? It has about a 2% success rate. I'm actually going to start charting it, possession by possession. So far, 0-1.


Posted by: Mark Buckner Date: 2/8/2012 10:12:17 PM  
What Len Elmore say about the disparity in free throws?

As mentioned earlier, why no technicals against repeated troublesome behavior from Henson?

Don't respond, I know the answer...



Posted by: Fats "Lazer" Durston Date: 2/8/2012 10:08:50 PM  
Those announcers: Duke is only "hanging on" by hitting the three. No, their shooting % is better than UNC's. UNC is "hanging in there" by getting all the FT's they need (and shooting 25% better than their avg).


Posted by: Matt Date: 2/8/2012 10:00:56 PM  
Heh, that was great. Just about the best-scripted end to the half, for Tool Nation, that you could have. And all because of ridiculous f***ing Stallball. I will never, ever, ever, call Mike Krzyzewski the "Greatest of All Time" when he insists on pure pointless stupidity like that.

Effectively, we just pissed away an otherwise not quite masterful, but pretty damn good half. JUST PLAIN STUPIDITY, KRZYZEWSKI. INEXCUSABLE IDIOCY.

If NCCH goes on a big run out of the locker room, that's where Duke lost the game right there. Un-f-ing-real.



Posted by: CDG Date: 2/8/2012 10:00:51 PM  
Duke got T's in the two games they were "yapping" but in this one we don't even make it to the bonus. Grrrr....


Posted by: Josh Date: 2/8/2012 10:00:10 PM  
I've felt remarkably chill all night and I don't know why, but it's a good thing I am, or else I'd have a string of expletives for Miles Plumlee (both of them really, but especially Miles). Just standing in front of Zeller does NOT constitute "boxing him out."

I don't see this going Duke's way. The pace is too fast and the three point shooting is not sustainable. All that and Duke is down three at the half. Sorry to be a downer. Hope I'm wrong.



Posted by: Fats "Lazer" Durston Date: 2/8/2012 9:59:49 PM  
The "charge" on Kelly. Zeller was not only running under him, he was inside the charge circle. Then Zeller used Mason's shoulder to lift himself to get the rebound. Mason's foul?! FUCK YOU FUCKING FUCKS.


Posted by: CDG Date: 2/8/2012 9:59:04 PM  
Duke gets ALL the calls... And gets hosed as the half closes...


Posted by: Mark Buckner Date: 2/8/2012 9:58:25 PM  
Sooooooo...in order to get Henson Et al under control, the refs must call a foul on Duke?


Posted by: Matt Date: 2/8/2012 9:57:17 PM  
Here comes NCCH's first lead. Still, hell of a half by Duke.


Posted by: CDG Date: 2/8/2012 9:55:38 PM  
Duke gets all the calls...


Posted by: Fats "Lazer" Durston Date: 2/8/2012 9:54:56 PM  
Jesus, Bilas. Have your valentines been made out and signed just so to every single UNC player?


Posted by: Matt Date: 2/8/2012 9:54:11 PM  
Really not. He is REALLY tired.


Posted by: Matt Date: 2/8/2012 9:53:50 PM  
Okay, so there was the three, but Hairbag missed it. So Zeller will tie it at the line now. Or actually, not.


Posted by: Fats "Lazer" Durston Date: 2/8/2012 9:53:28 PM  
YOU HAVE GOT TO BE FUCKING SHITTING ME, PART 2


Posted by: Fats "Lazer" Durston Date: 2/8/2012 9:52:42 PM  
YOU HAVE GOT TO BE FUCKING SHITTING ME.


Posted by: Matt Date: 2/8/2012 9:51:43 PM  
Hm. The matchups really favor Duke even more than I thought they would. And sure enough, Zeller is tired. Huber - - seriously?

Great time out by K there - - must absolutely prevent the three on this possession, which would give NCCH the lead and fire up the relatively dead crowd.



Posted by: Fats "Lazer" Durston Date: 2/8/2012 9:51:10 PM  
One of the hedges on Marshall, and he stopped and repivoted.


Posted by: CDG Date: 2/8/2012 9:48:26 PM  
Good Ol' boy keeps whispering sweet nothings in the ref's ears...


Posted by: Fats "Lazer" Durston Date: 2/8/2012 9:44:26 PM  
Dave, don't exaggerate. It was only 4.


Posted by: Matt Date: 2/8/2012 9:44:16 PM  
Interesting. Zeller is scoring a lot and that's fine given the other defensive efforts, but he's visibly tired. Time to make him work on defense? Nice drive by Rivers - - it looks to me as though he can blow by his man on any possession.


Posted by: Fats "Lazer" Durston Date: 2/8/2012 9:44:09 PM  
Forgotten prediction to post, I swear it was in my head: Carolina with 4 fouls at the under 4 timeout.


Posted by: Dave Date: 2/8/2012 9:42:47 PM  
Marshall took apprx 17 steps on that drive and dish to Zeller.


Posted by: Dave Date: 2/8/2012 9:41:20 PM  
Love Dawkins putting the lie to Bilas.



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