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VPI @ Duke GameBlog (Senior Night)

Date: 3/5/2013

Two Dukies  
Posted By: Matt (sup)

Virginia Polytechnic @ #3 DUKE
March 5, 2013
Durham, North Carolina (Cameron Indoor Stadium)

Virginia Tech and conference POY candidate Erick Green arrive in Cameron to try to disrupt senior night for Duke's rather impressive senior class, including reigning ACC Player of the Week Ryan Kelly.  I'm kinda still shaking off the shock of that Kelly performance from Saturday. 

By the way, when it comes to Green, since the concept of an ACC player leading the nation in scoring is somewhat foreign, there have been whispers about Green as a possible POY candidate.  However, I don't think anyone from such a terrible team should really be under consideration, even if Green's very good offensive efficiency means that he is not the typical chuck-and-duck from a bad team.  (What the hell, I'd give it ACC POY to Ryan Kelly, or if not, I'm sure some workaround exists for Swoffie to award it to Tyler Hansjob.)  

Hopefully, this will be the same blowout that we saw in Blacksburg about 120 hours ago, or whenever it was exactly that we just played VPI in their hood. 

Duke 100, Virginia Polytechnic 45 (as Green has 42).   


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Posted by: T. Randall Taylor Date: 3/6/2013 1:23:11 PM  
And Matt, I completely agree with you about the big guy flashing to the top of the key and beyond. I can't even figure out what it is supposed to accomplish. I'm serious. What are the possible good outcomes? Mason steals the ball? The guard quivers in fear and just hands it over?

But whatever the point of it is, assuming that the intended result is positive in the sense that it, you know, helps the team win the game, it does not take a very sophisticated statistical analysis to realize that it simple is not working. At all. I am truly baffled by it.

Posted by: T. Randall Taylor Date: 3/6/2013 12:41:53 PM  
Dear Mssrs. Jefferson and Murphy,

We appreciate your service during this time of need. We have a lovely gift waiting for you right next to that really tall guy -- front row seats to the rest of our games!


The Duke Staff.

ps. You might want to consider adding a few inches in height before next season. Every little bit helps.

Thanks awfully.

Posted by: Matt Date: 3/5/2013 9:04:44 PM  
Nice blowout fueled by a big second half. Wish the first half had been better, but there you go. After losing four games at Cameron last season with the revolting Austin Rivers hogging the ball, a 16-0 season at home is nice. Thanks, Ryan, Seth, Mason and Todd.

Posted by: Matt Date: 3/5/2013 9:03:33 PM  
Mark, good call. Sulaimon is really important. When he hasn't shown up this season against a real opponent, Duke has struggled.

Posted by: Matt Date: 3/5/2013 9:02:31 PM  
Murphy and Jefferson both look nice on drives to the dish at the end. Couldn't have been because they were fresh, could it?

Posted by: Mark Buckner Date: 3/5/2013 8:59:08 PM  
Matt, I think Coach K agrees with you. The late minutes of the Miami game featured a designed play for him after a timeout.

He's definitely needed at an entirely different level during the postseason.

Posted by: Mark Buckner Date: 3/5/2013 8:54:57 PM  
Good ending.

Posted by: Matt Date: 3/5/2013 8:54:52 PM  
Really glad that Sulaimon got those buckets in the 13-0 run: I was concerned about his mental makeup.

Posted by: Mark Buckner Date: 3/5/2013 8:47:50 PM  
It's amazing what casual CBB fans can't fathom... It is so much easier to shoot a perimeter sot over a defender of equal or less height.

Posted by: Matt Date: 3/5/2013 8:30:06 PM  
ZOMG, the Elmore Index. So much LOL.

Posted by: Matt Date: 3/5/2013 8:21:38 PM  
Ah! The second-half wakeup call is answered.

Posted by: Mark Buckner Date: 3/5/2013 8:08:36 PM  
I realize Plumlee sacrificed something returning for his senior year, however, he's lacking in something.

And I have no problem accepting his possessing an above average intellect, judging his interviews alone.

However, his concrete feet...

Posted by: Matt Date: 3/5/2013 8:03:12 PM  
Heh, no problem, Mark.

Crappy three-point lead at the half over a crappy opponent. Kelly with 14. The team played noticeably better, and took the lead, without Plumlee on the floor.

Posted by: Mark Buckner Date: 3/5/2013 8:02:01 PM  
Sorry I'm late, Matt.

Posted by: Matt Date: 3/5/2013 7:44:26 PM  
Duke taking over now. About time.

Posted by: Matt Date: 3/5/2013 7:37:09 PM  
Are we ever going to see Amile Jefferson again?

Posted by: Matt Date: 3/5/2013 7:32:13 PM  
7:48 - Kelly makes a post move attacking the basket that Mason can only dream about.

Posted by: Matt Date: 3/5/2013 7:30:41 PM  
Duke shooting better now, still down three.

At 10:19, Erick Green scored a bucket on that play I was talking about yesterday, which I detest: the center flashes out high at the three-point line on the player with the ball. As almost always happens, the ballhandler then beats his man, and the paint is empty because of the center's pointless abandonment of his position. Result: easy bucket for Green.

Posted by: Matt Date: 3/5/2013 7:25:31 PM  
I'm not sure this team has the necessary heart to advance far this season. Kelly's back, drops a career-high, beats Miami singlehandedly, and now we're trailing by seven on Senior Night to the worst team in the league.

Posted by: Matt Date: 3/5/2013 7:23:03 PM  
Oof. Duke down six, soon to be seven.

Posted by: Matt Date: 3/5/2013 7:18:49 PM  
I thought Smellmore wasn't allowed to do Duke games anymore.

Posted by: Matt Date: 3/5/2013 7:16:56 PM  
Yawn. Great start here.

Posted by: Matt Date: 3/5/2013 7:11:28 PM  
For anyone wondering, Duke has clinched a bye in the first round of the ACC-T, and can lock up the #2 seed with a win here tonight or a win at the DumpDome.

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