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TD: Miami (FL) Game Post/Blog

Date: 2/5/2012

Two Dukies  
Posted By: Matt

Volume XV, Episode 8
February 5, 2012

MIAMI (FLORIDA) (13-7, 4-3) @ #7 DUKE (19-3, 6-1)

Matt's comments in
Bick Rarry's comments in white.

NICE WIN DEPARTMENT:  Hey, Duke - - nice win!  After that crapfest at Cameron over the Portajohnnies, it was really nice to go down to gorgeous (not actually, just mostly flat) downtown (not really, no such thing) Blacksburg and deliver a good old fashioned thrashing to Uncle Fester and company, denying them that "hey, we beat Duke so we deserve to go to the NCAAs" argument, at least for the moment - - we do play them again later this month.  As a bonus, I'm pretty sure that I can sense the Bald Bastard's seat getting hot from here.  What fun! 

HOW SOON CAN THEY GET IN HERE? DEPARTMENT:  So Swoffie broke loose from the buffet and announced this week after the conference's "winter meetings" that once Syracuse and Pittsburgh finally join the conference, which will be at the end of whatever period it takes the remnants of the Big Least to reconstitute itself with SIU-Edwardsville and Longwood, the ACC Tournament will "include all teams."  Um, yes.  Was any other option really under discussion?  Please don't tell me that Fatboy considered, for one second, becoming one of these lameass LINOs (leagues in name only) featuring a conference tourney that doesn't include everyone.  Come to think of it, I'm sure he did.  When is this guy going to retire already?  Anyhoo, there was another piece of good news, which is that the stupid current "hunting groups" of schools that play each other twice each season (in basketball - - I don't care one nanobyte about ACC football) will be abolished.  Yay!!!  Why is this good news?  Because now, each school will have only one guaranteed two-time partner, even though the conference schedule is expanding to 18 games, making it seem like they could have kept the current arrangement.  So, this means that - - YES!!!!!!!!  No more two games each season with Scaryland!  No more phony rivalry!  (Duke's new sole guaranteed partner is, of course, NCCH.)  So how do the Twerpies feel about this?  And do they plan to invent a new rivalry with their guaranteed partner - - Pitt??  HAHAHAHAHAH IN A PIG'S GOOD EYE, MIKE PATRICK!!  Oh, this is just too good.  Swoffie and his Council of Melders apparently wanted Virginia and VPI to be together in perfect harmony, so poor lil Merryland got left out in the cold and will have to shack up with one of the conference newcomers (which will hopefully beat the Pennzoil Pants off of them regularly).  Great stuff. 

You've already doped out the other nice development from the above - - NCCH won't be guaranteed two games against the stiffs at NCSU anymore.  Aw!  How sad.    

INDEFINITE D**KHEADS DEPARTMENT:  So Calgoon is on medical leave of indefinite duration again, and I am now compelled to say that even though I loathe the headliner of the FBI's most wanted NCAA coaches list (Cal is #2), I don't wish him any ill and feel sorry for his suffering.  But since it's lower back pain that is sidelining him this time around, I was immediately drawn to that most charming of episodes in the history of Toolfan Nation, the persistent claim that Coach K faked his back pain in 1994-1995.  Any time I feel solicitous toward their fans for some reason, or wonder at the fact that Kendall Marshall is a nice kid, I just think back to this asinine, insulting, logic-defying "argument."  Hey, just getting you guys warmed up for next week!  Anyway, for some reason I read the comments to the Yahoo/Rivals online story about Calgoon, and sure enough, there were (1) Tool fans claiming that Jimmy was faking it, and that K did the same thing back in 1995; and (2) a bunch of other schools' partisans making the same argument about Goon, without the Krzyzewski callback.  Sigh.  I'm not exactly a fan of the man to whom we gifted two titles, but . . . really?  Yes, really.  And if he later has surgery to correct his issues, well, it's still a fake!  Consistency, thy name be stupid.       

FRANK HAITH'S GREAT ESCAPE DEPARTMENT:  Truly one of the weirdest recent coaching changes in our not-so-little conference, apart from Sir Purr's 1 AM flight to Varennes, was Haith's bizarre exit from MIFL last season.  The Short Fuse and I were at his final ACC regular season game, and I remember commenting that the school had no business firing Frank just yet - - he probably needed another year to prove himself.  Then Missouri goes all in after Matt Painter, throwing the increasingly annoying Purdue fan base into a tizzy that they might just feel a little bit silly about now, and fails, and the second choice is the Mime of Miami, who must have been told he was getting canned, or he didn't want to hang around to see what the NCAA eventually did to the football program and the athletic department in general, or he wanted to go to a place where no one cares if anyone (athlete or not) actually graduates, or something.  Just so weird. 

Anyway, I've changed my tune a little bit about Frank.  This season, the Tigers are of course doing very well with their four guard/Ricardo Ratliffe offense, but that whole team was recruited by Mike Anderson, and Ratliffe, Denmon, Pressey the Elder, and English, four of the five starters, are all seniors.  For a while there I thought that Frank just needed time to get the Clowns in order, but now I'm starting to wonder why Durand Scott and Reggie Johnson haven't really gotten any better since they were freshmen and Malcolm Grant actually regressed in Coral Gables.  So my money's on a mild cratering for Missouri next season (they're joining the SEC next season , right?  Honestly, I don't want to keep track of this conference realignment crap), followed by a steady decline, and Frank fired by 2015.    

JUST CALL IT THE FRIGGING SUPER BOWL DEPARTMENT:  It must be almost time for the Super Bowl, because I've seen about 100 advertisements in the past 7-10 days, brought to me by everything from bars to nachos, that steadfastly refuse to call the Super Bowl the Super Bowl.  Instead, I'm invited to booze it up/scarf down products/blog nastily about Uncle Fester while watching the "Big Game."  Sigh.  Ever wonder why this is?  You probably already know, but if not, it's because the National Football League, which does more things right on and off the field than any other major professional sports league in this country, and therefore obviously far more than the incredibly inept NCAA, unfortunately has "Super Bowl" trademarked, and insists on policing the use of that mark with all the subtlety of Germany circa 1940.  Amusingly, the NFL even tried to have "Big Game" trademarked about five years ago, but that didn't work out.  So now everyone trying to make money off of people watching the Super Bowl uses this workaround.  But do they actually have to?  Amazingly, the answer is almost certainly not, as the uses in question are likely "nominative" and thus permissible.  Trademark law, after all, is about preventing consumer confusion as to the source of goods, not forbidding all uses of trademarked terms.  But it's funny what an aggressive organization with high-priced legal minds on the payroll can do.  And now, if you'll excuse me, I must continue to write about a collegiate basketball team in green, orange and white visiting a collegiate basketball team in royal blue and white, in a meeting transpiring in a 9,314-seat arena located on the campus of a university named for a family that traces its origins to the central area of the state of . . . uh . . . the state on the coast of the smaller of the two oceans that surround the country I am sitting in, which neighbors a smaller state that shares the second word of its name, but uses the name of a different cardinal direction as the first word.  That last sentence was brought to you by the lawyers of the National Football League.  Oops - - can I legally call it that?            


DeQuan Jones, 6-7 SR - - the highlight-reel guy who can make fantastic plays, but doesn't really have a grasp of the fundamentals such that he can seize control of a game in any way.  Routinely gets burned on the defensive end.  He's starting right now, perhaps temporarily, only because Kenny Kadji (q.v., below) recently experienced concussion-like symptoms. 

Reggie Johnson, 6-10 JR - - Reggie's displacement is listed at 305 this season, but he's probably a few Ho-Hos over that by now.  He's actually been strangely quiet this season; his scoring is down, his boarding is way down (3.1 rpg fewer than in 2010-2011), and he's even shooting less than 50% from the field, which is quite a feat for someone of his physical characteristics.  Still, he's a fully-equipped load on the inside and has to be gameplanned against with the utmost seriousness.

Malcolm Grant, 6-1 SR - - the former Villanovoid finally wraps up his ACC career, and he's leading the Hurryclowns in scoring just as he did a year ago.  However, he's shooting a pretty bad .361/.763/.338, and he's taking 7.2 three-point shots a game, so he's actually become a volume shooter, which is the opposite of what he used to be.  Duke usually handles volume shooters pretty well, and (for once!!) this backcourt does not have a lot of height, so that's a comfort. 

Durand Scott, 6-4 JR - - Larranaga has him in a bit of a timeshare at the point with newcomer Shane Larkin, and Scott has an A/TO of better than 2:1 to show for it.  His shooting numbers are exactly what his freshman and sophomore seasons would lead you to expect: good marksmanship on a ton of two-point shots (47.5% from within the arc, and he's taken 30 more two-pointers than anyone else on the team), pretty lousy and infrequent bonusphere sniperage (13-41 for 31.7% from range), and very good and fairly frequent line shooting (80.7% in 88 trips to the line, 17 more than any other Candy Caner).  This is an interesting matchup for Duke given that the Curry/Cook/Thornton group will struggle with Scott's size, but it is really damn difficult to switch off and have someone else other than the point guard check the opposing lead guard on anything but halfcourt plays following made baskets or dead balls. 

Shane Larkin, 5-11 FR - - Cincinnati product came out of nowhere to become a Larranaga favorite and claim a spot in the starting lineup, mostly for his defense.  He commits very few fouls, rebounds well for a guard, and is 14th in the nation in steals per possession, pilfering opposing wallets almost 5% of the time he's guarding them.  He has also missed only two free throws all season, in 37 attempts.  He is not a frequent or a confident shooter, but he can handle the ball, and makes up for what Grant lacks.  By the way, he's Barry Larkin's kid.  You know, the soon-to-be Hall of Fame former Cincy Reds shortstop.   

BENCH?  Yeah.  This is one of the few ten-man teams in the conference, in fact. 

Kenny Kadji, 6-11 JR - - he missed Miami's last game, a double-OT win in Coral Gables over the Twerpins, because of a head injury, but if he's fully fit, he'll start instead of Jones.  Kadji began his career as a project big man at Florida, but he must not have liked Billy Munster or something (go figure!!), because he done transferred clear across the state.  He later lost his sophomore year to injury.  He's been much more effective than Johnson this season on the block (he has four double doubles), and defensively, he's just outside of the top 75 players in Division I in shot rejection rate.  He's not a good free throw shooter (64.8%) and he (like Johnson) has been surprisingly weak on the boards.  Late-breaking news is that Kadji has been cleared to play, so he'll probably be in the starting lineup.  Ordinarily, two huge forward/centers would be a problem for Duke teams, but hopefully, that won't be the case here. 

Rion Brown, 6-6 SO - - came on late last season but hasn't really followed up with a strong sophomore effort.  He's shooting poorly, spending a lot of time lounging out on the wing, and has accumulated few statistics of note.  In other words, he's like a Maryland Terrapin.  By the way, is Terrell Stoglin building a house?  If so, I think I know what it's made out of.   

Erik Swoope, 6-6 SO - - the other 6-6 sophomore, but he's 35-plus pounds heavier than Brown is, and he's the only man in America who pronounces a name that clearly rhymes with "Swoop" as "Swope."  He's shooting over 50%, erects encampments around the rim, and deals out a ton of fouls. 

Trey McKinney Jones, 6-5 JR - - a MIFL newcomer and transfer from Missouri-Kansas City.  No, there's no hyphen or anything; McKinney is evidently his maiden name.  In any case, he's gobbling up 62.4% of the possible minutes at one of Miami's five slots, but has only taken 117 shots from the field and attempted just 20 free throws, so it's not entirely clear what he's doing out there.  He can hit the distance toss (35.8% on threes), but doesn't really guard anyone and can't handle the ball.  

Raphael Akpejiori, 6-10 SO - - strictly a foul-dealer to provide relief minutes for Johnson and Kadji.  He's handing out a whopping 8.7 personals per 40 minutes.    

BOTTOM LINE THIS FOR ME, PLEASE:  Miami is hot, having won three straight and four of five, but they’ve been beating an awful lot of Georgia Techs and Boston Colleges, to use the Hack Announcer Plural ("you've got your Babe Ruths and your Ted Williamses . . . .").  Moreover, they really had to struggle with the now 3-5 Turgeonpins at the Conversation Center to earn the most recent of those wins.  I've always wondered why this Miami team doesn't play better, and I think it may just lack a leader.  That probably won't change at what should - - for once - - be a hypercharged Cameron Indoor Stadium, provided that the students don't feel they need to take the whole day off to prepare for the . . . uh . . . significant football game being played later.  Duke really should mow these guys down.    

WHILE WE'RE AT IT, HOW ABOUT A PREDICTION FOR THE . . . **BIG GAME**???  I think the professional football team located in the country's largest city - - oh, wait, actually they're only named for that urban locale, when in fact they play in - - OH, THE HECK WITH THIS.  The New York Giants are a better team, in my opinion, and have played better in the playoffs.  One Espenwag pointed out this week that the Giants' last two games (against the Packers and the Niners) were arguably harder than this matchup against the Patriots, and I think that's right.  What I find interesting is everything that's changed since the Giants' defeat of the Patriots four years ago, and what hasn't.  As an example of the latter, the Giants still have a ridiculously talented pass rush that can get downright scary.  However, Eli Manning is a far better quarterback now than he was in February of 2008, his wide receivers are better, and the Giants' running game, while inconsistent, is improved as well.  On the Patriots' side of the ball, however, while Tom Brady is as good as ever, and Wes Welker is one of the best possession receivers in the game, there's no dominant running back, transformative tight end Rob Gronkowski is hobbled, there's no convincing deep receiving threat (and, as a bonus, the departure of Moss made me able to stop disliking the Pats with such fervor), the offensive line is growing older and less effective, and the defense is a makeshift mess, particularly in the secondary, where it's not hard to imagine the Giants' wideout tandem of Nicks/Cruz/Manningham just going nuts.  I think the Giants will take this one.  Remember, if Ravens wideout Lee Evans had just stepped out of bounds or fallen to the ground with the likely game-winning TD before giving himself a chance to get stripped, the Patriots wouldn't be here. 

THANKS FOR THAT INFORMATION.  AREN’T YOU A DALLAS COWBOYS FAN?  Yeah.  And even weirder, I'm a huge Red Sox fan who generally roots for all of the Boston-area teams (to the extent that I care about the Neeba and the NHL, which isn't terribly much, but I was very happy for the Bruins last season).  So pulling for the Giants over the Patriots is admittedly odd.  But it worked for me four years ago.  Besides, the Cowboys' problems aren't the Giants' fault, and the real odioids in the NFC East reside, of course, in Philadelphia.       

PREDICTION FOR THE DUKE GAME BEFORE THIS HITS 20 PAGES?   Sure thing.  Duke losing to both Florida teams at home this season would be really strange, and it looked like the team figured out (or rediscovered) how to play defense against VPI.  The Clowns have bigger forwards and shorter guards, but that scares me much less than your average team with eight dudes between 6-5 and 6-8.  Reggie Johnson loves to play against Duke - - remember his efforts in 2010? - - and Larranaga is a superb coach, but I don't think the Blue Devils are going to be of any mind to dump two straight in conference at Cameron.  By the way, don't look now, but . . . well, I won't mention it to avoid the jinx, but the team is improving steadily in that statistical category that looked like a lost (ahem) charity case earlier in the season.  And that's well-timed, because the Canes can shoot from 15.  Anyway, I get a good vibe about this one and think that Duke will probably take it. 

PREDICTION:   Duke 83, Miami (Florida) 72.

Thanks for reading.  Please add your comments, BIG GAME predictions, Duke predictions, in-game homilies, and anything else you like (keep it clean, Fats Durston!) below. 

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Posted by: KD Date: 2/6/2012 3:39:54 PM  
This is shaping up to be a very rough season down the stretch. One positive to take away is that at times, Quinn looked like he might be emerging. However, he proved every bit the freshman in OT with some very bad decisions. Hard to see how K makes chicken salad out of you know what, but I hope the Hall of Fame credentials prove me wrong.

Posted by: Stephen Frazier Date: 2/5/2012 6:08:16 PM  
I knew it was going to be a long night when the defensive tackle from Miami, Reggie Johnson, beat Mason in a foot race down the court for an open layup.

SMH... prepare for a long night against the Heels.

Posted by: Mark Buckner Date: 2/5/2012 5:29:17 PM  
Tom, not sooooooo fast my friend. Someone has to sing the life out of each note of the National Anthem before opening kick.

Posted by: blueflame Date: 2/5/2012 5:27:00 PM  
Well that sucked... How bad will the drubbing be at UNC...?

Posted by: tom Date: 2/5/2012 5:26:15 PM  
Loss the game in the first half. I actually decided to start painting instead of sitting in front of the TV as soon as I saw Reggie Johnson beat everybody down the court to score. Of course, I come back for the last two minutes of regulation and OT. Miami gave them opportunities but you HAVE TO MAKE YOUR FREE THROWS IN OT! 0 for 6? As soon as I saw Quinn miss those two I knew it was over. No matter what happened (especially that freakin shot he took there). Well, I'll go ahead do the cliche stuff that this should be a learning experience, they played tough in the second half, etc.. But I recognize it's just how this team is so you can only hope. Can't recall the last time I wasn't looking forward to the first Duke/UNC game of the season. Man, the pregame SB crap is killing me. Just play the freakin game!

Posted by: CDG Date: 2/5/2012 5:24:59 PM  
Good point as well G - our play in the last 12 wasn't stellar either. Comparisons though, I guess. Much better in the 12 offensively; Hurryclowns self-destructed on offense making our D look better.

And it's not as though I really believe that we would have won with the time out, but at least it wouldn't have been THAT crappy shot.

On to the "Big Game" where I will be cheering for the lighter-blue team from the city with the same name as its state. Based on my luck today, that means the non-city affiliated team will win.

Posted by: CDG Date: 2/5/2012 5:20:56 PM  
Two losses at home in the same season. Beautiful.

If K doesn't go nuts at the press conference, I will have lost all hope.

Great kids; poor play. That doesn't make me ungrateful - it makes me conscious.

Posted by: Serious G Date: 2/5/2012 5:20:06 PM  
Yeah CDG, true. Did we play that well the last 12+ or did the Huryclowns self-destruct? In any case, this sucks

Posted by: CDG Date: 2/5/2012 5:16:29 PM  
Look, we got ourselves into this position with our poor defense and lack-luster offense for a good 28 minutes of regulation, but thank you, refs, for totally screwing us.

Posted by: Mark Buckner Date: 2/5/2012 5:15:22 PM  
of course the 55% shooter kills us

Says it all, Serious G.

Posted by: Serious G Date: 2/5/2012 5:14:55 PM  
Good point Mark.

Posted by: Mark Buckner Date: 2/5/2012 5:14:21 PM  

NOW Dawkins is in the game?

Posted by: Serious G Date: 2/5/2012 5:13:52 PM  
of course the 55% shooter kills us

Posted by: CDG Date: 2/5/2012 5:13:30 PM  
Miracle needed now...

Posted by: Mark Buckner Date: 2/5/2012 5:13:15 PM  

Posted by: CDG Date: 2/5/2012 5:12:09 PM  

Posted by: Mark Buckner Date: 2/5/2012 5:12:06 PM  
Good looking women in the crowd today...

Posted by: Serious G Date: 2/5/2012 5:11:36 PM  
Quinn puts our collective heart in throat

Posted by: Mark Buckner Date: 2/5/2012 5:09:45 PM  
Plumlee looked like Kevin McHale on that dunk.

Curry, agreed, has played his heart out.

Posted by: Serious G Date: 2/5/2012 5:09:12 PM  
wow, great sequence by Mason

Posted by: Serious G Date: 2/5/2012 5:08:00 PM  
Seth has been there all day, just not on those last 2 possessions

Posted by: Mark Buckner Date: 2/5/2012 5:07:06 PM  
I'm going to say it now before the game is over: if Rivers and Curry are going to initiate the offense, they have to make smarter decisions, under control.

Posted by: Mark Buckner Date: 2/5/2012 5:05:03 PM  
Johnson won't hit that hook another game the rest of his career! Dammit!

Posted by: CDG Date: 2/5/2012 5:04:58 PM  
This is a game that should NEVER have come to OT. Time to put this away.

Posted by: Serious G Date: 2/5/2012 5:04:00 PM  
Damn FTs

Posted by: Serious G Date: 2/5/2012 5:02:42 PM  
Great D boys!

Posted by: Mark Buckner Date: 2/5/2012 5:01:30 PM  
Austin, you've played your heart out, out of control at times, IMO. If you are to be the player preceded by your reputation, end of game free throws can not be missed.

Keep playing young man.

Posted by: Serious G Date: 2/5/2012 4:59:15 PM  
Great close out, now lt's take care of things in OT

Posted by: Serious G Date: 2/5/2012 4:57:24 PM  
Come on Austin, make these charity shots...

Posted by: Serious G Date: 2/5/2012 4:55:04 PM  
RK, great take

Keep working on D boys

Posted by: Mark Buckner Date: 2/5/2012 4:54:52 PM  
I thought you were fouled too, Ryan.

Posted by: CDG Date: 2/5/2012 4:53:57 PM  
Quinn Cook all over the floor!

Posted by: CDG Date: 2/5/2012 4:50:30 PM  
Letsgodduke! Letsgoduke!

We need to fluster them on offense and go at them hard on defense.


Posted by: Mark Buckner Date: 2/5/2012 4:48:16 PM  

Posted by: Serious G Date: 2/5/2012 4:47:27 PM  
Rivers, massive drive + 1

Posted by: Serious G Date: 2/5/2012 4:43:09 PM  
Smart play by Seth

Posted by: Serious G Date: 2/5/2012 4:41:20 PM  
Good pressure by Duke

Posted by: Serious G Date: 2/5/2012 4:40:36 PM  
Dammit Austin, give a drop off pass

Posted by: Mark Buckner Date: 2/5/2012 4:37:32 PM  
Rivers needs to get under control after a bad lead pass, foul, and the holding call on Miami.

Posted by: Serious G Date: 2/5/2012 4:35:23 PM  
CDG - quick trigger Hess

Posted by: CDG Date: 2/5/2012 4:33:56 PM  
Man - I was scared he would get an unsportsman from Hess there...

Posted by: Serious G Date: 2/5/2012 4:32:43 PM  
Man, has Quinn been great in this one

Posted by: CDG Date: 2/5/2012 4:32:05 PM  
Yeah - the effort with Hairston is totally there - great block! - but his finesse is still missing.

4th on Kelly.... not a great use of it either.

Posted by: CDG Date: 2/5/2012 4:30:52 PM  

Posted by: Serious G Date: 2/5/2012 4:27:51 PM  
Good effort by Josh but he has such a hard time finishing around the rim

Posted by: Serious G Date: 2/5/2012 4:27:18 PM  
Mason, get their bigs in foul trouble

Note to other 4 on the floor: u may need to get Mase the ball to do this

Posted by: CDG Date: 2/5/2012 4:25:58 PM  
Can we complain about Hess being on ALL our games???

Posted by: CDG Date: 2/5/2012 4:25:39 PM  

Posted by: Serious G Date: 2/5/2012 4:23:38 PM  
F these officials

Posted by: CDG Date: 2/5/2012 4:20:28 PM  
WOW! Who is on the floor right now????

Posted by: Serious G Date: 2/5/2012 4:19:46 PM  

Posted by: CDG Date: 2/5/2012 4:16:21 PM  
Jimmy is pissing me off, but he NAILED the problem on the head: how does Johnson get down the court like that???

Quinn Cook came in looking to play but Mase just looked past him, and a wasted possession... No connection between teammates at all.

GAH!!!!!! Stop Jackson!!!

Posted by: Fats "Lazer" Durston Date: 2/5/2012 4:13:40 PM  
Would kill for some purple drank about now.

Posted by: Serious G Date: 2/5/2012 4:13:03 PM  
That Johnson play was our worst of the year. No effort

Posted by: Serious G Date: 2/5/2012 4:09:24 PM  
Come on guys, bring some desire!

Posted by: Serious G Date: 2/5/2012 4:05:46 PM  
Molasses and purple drank.

Posted by: Fats "Lazer" Durston Date: 2/5/2012 4:01:17 PM  
Maybe a diet of something other than molasses would help. Maybe not.

Posted by: blueflame Date: 2/5/2012 3:59:44 PM  
What a crap performance. No inside presence, Sub-zero's typical hog-ish shooting, & tepid defense. What does it take to get this team passionate about defense? Just when you think that the Plumlee's might start bringing it... nope - s.o.s.

Posted by: Serious G Date: 2/5/2012 3:58:01 PM  
In past, when we laid an egg in the 1st half we could be optimistic about a 2nd half turnaround based on playmaking and defence. These elements are sorely missing right now.

Posted by: Serious G Date: 2/5/2012 3:50:17 PM  
Fats, that 1st half is reason enough to get into the sauce

Posted by: Fats "Lazer" Durston Date: 2/5/2012 3:49:41 PM  
Why am I not drinking yet?!

Posted by: CDG Date: 2/5/2012 3:49:12 PM  
Mother... it IS Hess AGAIN!!!!

Posted by: Serious G Date: 2/5/2012 3:48:45 PM  
Dykes is insufferable

Posted by: CDG Date: 2/5/2012 3:48:43 PM  
Wouldn't be surprised. Wow. What a BS call...

Posted by: Serious G Date: 2/5/2012 3:47:21 PM  
Yeah, getting the calls is not something to necessarily count on. Is this Hess again?

Posted by: CDG Date: 2/5/2012 3:44:42 PM  
Word, G. That may be a major strategy. IF we get the calls

Posted by: CDG Date: 2/5/2012 3:43:31 PM  
Nice play!

Posted by: Serious G Date: 2/5/2012 3:43:19 PM  
Get their bigs in foul trouble maybe is our other chance

Posted by: Serious G Date: 2/5/2012 3:40:46 PM  
Miami is the faster team (thanks Jimmy Dykes, it was hard for me to tell). If we can take care of the damn ball we have a chance

Posted by: Fats "Lazer" Durston Date: 2/5/2012 3:39:26 PM  
Layups + Threes is a winning hand vs. bricks and airballs.

Posted by: CDG Date: 2/5/2012 3:38:24 PM  
GAHHH! Stop shooting threes!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: CDG Date: 2/5/2012 3:36:37 PM  
That has to go in!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Serious G Date: 2/5/2012 3:33:29 PM  
Nice driving by Austin

Posted by: Serious G Date: 2/5/2012 3:29:25 PM  
Good response by Andre after a rough start. He should be able to get his shot against this smaller backcourt

Also - good comment on Duran Scott, Matt. He looked like a stud in his 1st year, just has not taken that next step.

Posted by: CDG Date: 2/5/2012 3:28:32 PM  
Ah... HD.

Miami is getting really lucky on rebounds. They are making next to no effort, but keep getting the ball. That never works for us, and we are crashing the boards more too!

Need to tighten up the ball-handling a bit, but we are settling down more.

Posted by: Serious G Date: 2/5/2012 3:26:30 PM  
Strong take by Mason - more please

Posted by: Fats "Lazer" Durston Date: 2/5/2012 3:24:11 PM  
Nice. That set that Duke ran repeatedly against VT (5x in a row at one point, I think) had been scouted by Miami. 'Canes bit on the fake and Curry got a wide-open jumper.

Posted by: Serious G Date: 2/5/2012 3:23:58 PM  
nice effort from Curry & Cook off the bench.

Sloppy start (on both ends) otherwise

Looks like this will be a tough one for our bigs

Posted by: CDG Date: 2/5/2012 3:21:27 PM  
Watching this in SD because the powers that be in Canada won't switch from the HD NBA game to this feed. The guys are so tiny!

Okay, our perimeter defense is pretty crap right now. Can we do something to stop their threes???????????????? Thanks.

Great 3 by Rivers though.

And yes, let's get inside a bit more, please while we're at it.

Posted by: Fats "Lazer" Durston Date: 2/5/2012 3:14:04 PM  
Ugh. Ragged early. Missing Miles twice down low open for dunk.

Posted by: Al White Date: 2/5/2012 2:45:33 PM  
Great stuff, Matt! My predix --

Duke 81, Hurryclowns 66

Pats 27, Jints 24 (this is purely a nod to the skills of Belicheat and Brady)

BTW, didn't the Tools look awful for most of the game yesterday? Wednesday could be fun.

Posted by: Fats "Lazer" Durston Date: 2/5/2012 2:05:52 PM  
A life-long Eagles fan here, by the way, though only moving to Philly in the last four years. I think most Philadelphia sports fans should be pitied, not despised, since, after all, they do have to live here. I suppose I'm slightly pulling for the Massholes over the Giant Turds. In reality, I'm pulling for the (my own) Stupor Bowl, and therefor really need to quit piddling here and finish my work for Monday right now...

Posted by: Fats "Lazer" Durston Date: 2/5/2012 1:15:36 PM  
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*Does not indicate that two actual Dukies have been employed in the creation of the material.

Posted by: Fats "Lazer" Durston Date: 2/5/2012 1:11:47 PM  
I didn't realize this was a family channel! (Not liquored yet, refraining.)

Posted by: ClemsonGuest Date: 2/5/2012 11:50:43 AM  
IIRC, Sweaty retired only days or hours after Larranaga took his coaching talents to South Beach. I'm wondering how much Maryland is kicking itself at the timing and if Larranaga would've been a decent fit there. Maybe not too much since Turgeon was a pretty good hire.

We did our best to warm Greenbald's seat yesterday, cutting VT's 16-point lead to 2, but it left freshman K.J. McDaniels at the FT line and that's not a good position. Kinda doubt if any readers here were watching that game since the Goats were in a close one at the same time.

Interested to see Duke's defensive performances today. I don't think Duke will struggle to score.

Posted by: tom Date: 2/5/2012 11:20:46 AM  
As a Phins fan, I cannot root for the patriots in this one. So I'll go with the Giants. I live in NC and I don't know about you guys but there really seems to be a plethora of Steelers fans in this state. That annoys me more than anything. I have Monday off for the "Big Game Holiday". Gonna drink about 6....teen beers and eat my dip. Ill be good.
The Duke game will be a nice warm-up and I hope the guys come out ready and play like they did against VPI. Hope everyone has a great Sunday.

Posted by: Josh Date: 2/5/2012 9:57:16 AM  
Trey McKinney-Jones plays Division 1 basketball? I coached against him in high school, and he was a heck of an athlete...in track. He was a two-time state champ in the triple jump and runner-up one year in the long jump. He was in our sectional and one of my jumpers had a friendly rivalry with him. He was a really nice kid. However, I also coached hoops and I can honestly say I have no real recollection of him as a basketball player. Must've been a late bloomer (sounds like a Bootsy candidate to me!). And FWIW, his last name was definitely hyphenated back then. Maybe he dropped it as part of a whole "new identity" thing when he transferred?

Anyway, good writeup. I'll be rooting for Duke this afternoon and the meteor this evening (or, to put it in this site's parlance, it's the ultimate Team Bus game).

Posted by: Matt Date: 2/5/2012 7:56:56 AM  
Mark, you're very very welcome. I thought that sentiment might resonate with you! :)

Posted by: Mark Buckner Date: 2/5/2012 7:14:39 AM  

In regards to your last preview, particularly the opening:

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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