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Duke @ NCCH GameBlog (Scandal)

Date: 3/9/2013

Two Dukies  
Posted By: Matt (howdy)

March 9, 2013
Chapel Hill, North Carolina (Dean E. Smith Center)

Duke finishes up its second-best-in-the-regular season campaign, which isn't bad concerning the loss of Kelly for 13 of the 18 games on the ACC sked, with this annual tussle in Mos Eisley Spaceport.  Last year's was certainly fun to watch, at least at the end, even if it was Austin Rivers' one and only (accepted) submission for his Duke career highlight video.

Neither team's seeding is in jeopardy here, as I understand it: Duke is #2 in the ACC-T (that, I'm sure about) and the Tools are #3 (which I haven't run myself have read in several places that seem to be trustworthy) no matter what.  Which means that we'll probably be meeting them again in a week's time in Greensboro if seeds hold.  

This season, Roy made his One and Only Adjustment of the Season by doping out, about halfway through the proceedings, that if you have terrible and/or inexperienced centers, but your power forward and expected team leader is 6-9 and several of your guards are quite tall, you should probably run four guards and the power forward out there, which will also improve ballhandling.  Duh!  Had I not been taking the season off (relax, by the way, I'm probably all in for the postseason and for next year as well, if you had any concerns), I would have had a mighty dilemma: whether or not to announce that on the Internet back in, say, November!  Yes, I realize that idea of Rrhoid being one of my 8.5 loyal readers is both hopelessly funny and improbable, but YOU NEVER KNOW.  So good thing I solved that problem by just shutting up about everything.  

Duke, without Kelly, really struggled against The Four-Guard Lineup in Durham, but with Kelly, they seem to present more matchup problems than they will confront.  As usual, much depends on whether or not Mason sheds his magic shoes o' cement and actually looks like a developed big man.  By the way, isn't it nice that Ryan Kelly looks like he's all fresh and has an extra gear out there?  Wonder why that is?  

It would be very nice for Duke to bury the specter of its road woes by taking this one.  I'm pretty sure it will be close and will call a narrow Duke win, but this could go either way, as the bluehairs will be scowling, and I understand that the AfAm Department cancelled classes for the week to ensure that no one's attention was distracted by the otherwise rigorous Chapel Hill curriculum.

By the way, that reminds me of schools where athletes and other students attend classes that actually exist.  Congratulations to Mason, Amile, Ryan, and Rahseed on Academic All-ACC honors, and to Mason for back-to-back national Academic All-America selections.  Impressive and a lot to be proud of.              

Duke 77, North Carolina-Chapel Hill 74.


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Posted by: Matt Date: 3/15/2013 8:15:29 AM  
Hey, thanks, guys. Most, most kind.

Posted by: Mark Buckner Date: 3/14/2013 4:32:58 PM  
Thanks for coming back Matt. Yours is the best Duke site for reality based discussion.

And the wit...

Posted by: Josh Date: 3/12/2013 12:47:28 PM  
Whoa, hey, awesome! I was busy coaching all weekend and didn't get to see the game, so to find out that Duke won AND to find out that the site is revving up again is a double dose of great news! Good to see you back, Matt. (You too, Ryan Kelly.)

Posted by: Matt Date: 3/11/2013 6:30:21 PM  

My ambition is to redesign the site this offseason, and including Twit-functionality will be a key piece, no question. Good to "see" you!

Posted by: SanFranSoxFan Date: 3/10/2013 1:14:09 PM  
Great game. Biggest news is you'll be back next season, Matt. Please integrate twitter into site so we can do the game thread via it (#dukies). Your readership will return and explode (plenty of tech, little quality out there right now). Comments will go back to the great post-game analysis and general whining we'd all come to enjoy over the years.
PS- Bilas is Banes. As analyst, he's "chosen" UNC for higher ratings since they have a much bigger following, while Barnes chose because bigger following meant bigger "brand" (and yet, Uncle Drew is becoming biggest brand in NBA). No substitute for talent.

Posted by: Mark Buckner Date: 3/10/2013 10:59:13 AM  
Sorry I couldn't make it here last night, family function...

However, watching Jay Bias make a fool of himself while his former university makes a fool of his adopted one, was magical.

Well done again, Matt.

Posted by: Dave Date: 3/9/2013 10:57:41 PM  
Glad to have the game threads back, in any event.

Posted by: Fats "Lazer" Durston Date: 3/9/2013 10:57:23 PM  
Nice to see Mason actually getting the most shot attempts vs. a smallish team.

Posted by: Dave Date: 3/9/2013 10:56:30 PM  
Really, a website? Intriguing......

Posted by: Matt Date: 3/9/2013 10:54:49 PM  
Dave, no one's been a worse Duke fan than me this season. :) I even have (shhh) a website.

Posted by: Matt Date: 3/9/2013 10:54:06 PM  
So, yeah, again, Ryan Kelly sorta important, as it turns out.

Posted by: Dave Date: 3/9/2013 10:52:37 PM  
Never meant to leave. Been busy at work, watched most of the season on TiVo.

Posted by: Matt Date: 3/9/2013 10:52:24 PM  
LOL!!! ESPN's final score on-screen graphic shows Duke losing by six. I swear, they're like Fox news. Just incredible.

Posted by: Matt Date: 3/9/2013 10:51:47 PM  
I mean, I know you mean you enjoyed the GAME, but hey, come back anyway.

Posted by: Matt Date: 3/9/2013 10:50:27 PM  
Dave, come back. It's always fun to have more participants. :)

Posted by: Matt Date: 3/9/2013 10:50:05 PM  
Awesome. Roid takes Strickland out at 1:15 to no fanfare whatsoever, and if anything, the building got quieter. Stay classy, Tool Nation!

Posted by: Dave Date: 3/9/2013 10:50:04 PM  
Yes, 18 offensive rebounds, because they shot 25%, Dan.

Posted by: Dave Date: 3/9/2013 10:49:08 PM  
I very much enjoyed this.

Posted by: Matt Date: 3/9/2013 10:47:46 PM  
Nighty night, Tools!!

Posted by: Dave Date: 3/9/2013 10:47:11 PM  
At least k figured out that mason should not be inbounding against a press.

Posted by: Matt Date: 3/9/2013 10:47:08 PM  
Nice press-breaking by Duke.

Posted by: Matt Date: 3/9/2013 10:44:24 PM  
Hee hee: Bullethead practically growls into his mic as they fade commercial: "As TIME and SCORE continue to favor the Blue Devils." Dan, u mad bro? And hey, those are the only things favoring the Blue Devils, right?

Posted by: Matt Date: 3/9/2013 10:43:14 PM  
And another one!!!! Ah, the virtues of having a point guard.

Posted by: Matt Date: 3/9/2013 10:42:18 PM  
Great drive, Quinn!!

Posted by: Dave Date: 3/9/2013 10:41:29 PM  
No need to be ambitious with that pass, Quinn.

Posted by: Matt Date: 3/9/2013 10:40:32 PM  
Ah, no Duke game complete without a Five-Minute Field Goal drought. And P.J. Hairy hits a three!!!! Wow!!

Posted by: Dave Date: 3/9/2013 10:40:21 PM  
C'mon Matt, Paige evidently hit a three! Once! At Maryland!

Posted by: Matt Date: 3/9/2013 10:36:15 PM  
Aw, Jay Bias has a sad about the (hilarious) death of the Big Least. Now if someone would just break up ESPN to complete the parallel. NBC Sports, start buying some rights!!

Posted by: Matt Date: 3/9/2013 10:33:19 PM  
Dave, sure, I'd be in favor of that revolutionary concept.

Posted by: Matt Date: 3/9/2013 10:32:44 PM  
Vitale lightly compliments Paige as the latter gets his first bucket of the game. Bias: "Yeah, well he's really improved JUST OVER THE COURSE OF THE SEASON!" Wow, this season that's about 75-80% over at best? Like that's some great, NCCH-only achievement/concept.

UNC-CH: where players occasionally improve over the course of a season.

Posted by: Dave Date: 3/9/2013 10:27:18 PM  
Obligatory gripe: maybe up 22, Jefferson and Murphy can get some run?

Posted by: Dave Date: 3/9/2013 10:26:13 PM  
Nice to have Seth and Mason showing up in the same game again.

Posted by: Matt Date: 3/9/2013 10:23:50 PM  
Mason with the beautiful reverse slam off of a gorgeous feed from Cook.

Bias sounds like he's crying.

Posted by: Matt Date: 3/9/2013 10:18:10 PM  
Timeout called, we have no clue by whom. Bullethead is one of the worst PBP guys in the business for these sorts of reasons.

Posted by: Matt Date: 3/9/2013 10:16:54 PM  
Heh, love how the Swoffie-paid zebras are all showboating for the crowd on every call that goes against Duke. Out of bounds off Duke? WELL TAP TAP TAP TAP TAP THE KNEE AND REEEEEEEACH BACK AND GIVE THE DIRECTIONAL SIGNAL!!!!1111

Posted by: Matt Date: 3/9/2013 10:11:07 PM  
Mason is CLOWNING the Tools' four-guard lineup. Tee hee.

And Bias gets mad at Dickie V when he asks who NCCH really beat in their TEH AWESOME SIX-GAME WINNING STREAKZ that they shouldn't have. Answer, no one, but of course Tar Heel Diploma Jay didn't want to say that, of all things!

Posted by: Matt Date: 3/9/2013 10:09:03 PM  
Bias, I just have one question: is North Carolina switching every ball screen?

Posted by: Matt Date: 3/9/2013 10:07:08 PM  
Man, if Duke could block out, NCCH would have about 10 points.

Mason looking good!

Posted by: Matt Date: 3/9/2013 9:48:22 PM  
Chris Collins: best and most courteous standups with the sideline reporter, game in and game out. Thanks, Chris.

Posted by: Matt Date: 3/9/2013 9:47:17 PM  
Ooof, what a horrible-shooting team. NICE COACHING JOB BY KRZYZEWSKI IN THE FIRST HALF.

Posted by: Matt Date: 3/9/2013 9:45:06 PM  
Crap, Kelly gets his 3rd foul.

Wow, NCCH without a floor leader is an amazing trainwreck to behold, since Rrhoid has no operational coaching skills.

Posted by: Matt Date: 3/9/2013 9:37:21 PM  
Tools look shellshocked. No leadership on the team whatsoever, so it will be interesting to see who, if anyone, leads the comeback, if any.

Posted by: Matt Date: 3/9/2013 9:36:49 PM  
Heh. 20-point lead. I like the give-and-go between Sulaimon and Cook for the nice layup.

Posted by: Matt Date: 3/9/2013 9:32:06 PM  
Some serious bricklayers, with wild bounce off the rim/backboard, on this Tool team. That and the fact that no one in this conference calls them for half the fouls they commit probably explains their decent rebounding numbers.

Posted by: Matt Date: 3/9/2013 9:26:52 PM  
Pfffff. Zebroids not calling one thing in Duke's favor. Shocking!

Posted by: Matt Date: 3/9/2013 9:23:08 PM  
Seth Curry shooting rather well. Wow. How about that shot practically from his back?

UNREAL how much the ESPN dongs want the Tools to get back in the game.

Posted by: Matt Date: 3/9/2013 9:18:54 PM  
Mason abusing McAdoofus.

Posted by: Matt Date: 3/9/2013 9:16:14 PM  
Kelly trying to do too much now.

Posted by: Matt Date: 3/9/2013 9:14:53 PM  
Love the look of the new Red Dawn. Mindless nonsense I'm sure, and I won't be able to stop wishing Thor would whip out his hammer (that didn't come out right), but maybe I'll catch it on DVD.

Posted by: Matt Date: 3/9/2013 9:14:01 PM  
Hilarious how much Bullethead and Bias want the Twinks to get back in it. THE CROWD IS STANDING UP!!! Yeah, that is actually remarkable at this arena, but that's not a virtue, clowns.

In any case they will almost certainly get back in it. Too bad about that charge on Kelly.

Posted by: Matt Date: 3/9/2013 9:10:31 PM  
And, of Bias too.

Jay offers helpful suggestions for his Tools to get back in it.

Posted by: Matt Date: 3/9/2013 9:09:48 PM  
Bullethead takes advantage of the commercial break to attempt to kill himself over Duke's hot start and his favorite team's mail-in job.

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