Well we know its possible that Duke can win the National Championship if they win the games to do so.
But do you think Duke is good enough to go on a run and take down one of the teams projected to be in the Final Four? Do you think Duke can beat Kentucky or Kansas?
I've started to think that a success would be for us to reach the Sweet 16 with such youth and lack of depth in the backcourt.
Lack of depth in the backcourt? I'm pretty sure that Jon is a senior and a NPOY candidate and Nolan is a junior that might be the second best guard in the ACC. I may have Duke colored glasses on by thinking we can contend but even if I weren't a Duke fan, I would respect our backcourt.
Yes. It will require 2 of our Big 3 having hot hands and some presence inside. We will make the Final 4 and Kentucky will not be there.
I think you left your Duke colored glasses on, I dont know how Jon can be considered a NPOY candidate at this point in the season. The media has made it clear that John Wall is the best player in college basketball, and we all must believe it. What im saying is the media picks these award winners.
I dont think its a might, Smith is the 2nd best guard in the ACC behind only Delaney.
Team chemistry is very good. The coach has been there. Jon, Kyle, Nolan and Lance will be there. If Zoubs continues his strong performance (and I believe he will), Mason plays with abandon, Miles, Dre and Ryan pitch in....this is a very good team, a potential Final Four team. My take, though, on post-season success is, "How hard will will play D?" When we REALLY get after it and turnovers/rushed offenses result, our offense seems much more fluid, confident and productive.
Play D to win it all, boys.
Dawkins and Kelly have not gotten any critical minutes this season at all... In fact, walk on's at times have taken the minutes of Dawkins and Kelly at times. Barring injury, I find it's hard to believe that Coach K will change there minutes in the NCAA tourney.
I think this team has some of the pieces to make it to possibly a Elite 8 or if in the right brackett, a final four. We could possibly take a Ketucky, but I don't see us being able to handle a Kansas or Nova.
That's a pretty experienced group going into March Madness.
I think this team has two keys to making the final four.
1: Will we get offensive production inside? Our offensive efficiency this year is off the charts. To maintain this we NEED offensive production from someone other than the big 3. They can carry the load for stretches in a game, even the majority of the game. But if we start playing 3v5 on offense, eventually it comes to a grinding halt, and we just start jacking 3's.
To avoid this, Zoubs can continue his superb play and Lance can knock down those 16 footers and stop missing easy layups. Mason can provide some spark and dynamic play off the bench, and hopefully Miles can give some solid minutes, tip ins, and maybe a back to the basket game.
2: Will we have 'one of those nights' defensively? NCSU. 'Nuff said.
We beat UK 7 out of ten times.
We beat KU 4 out of ten times.
We beat Syracuse 3 out of ten times.
We beat Purdue 6 out of ten times.
We beat MSU 5 out of ten times.
We beat unc 11 out of ten times.
We have the guards. We have Kyle Singler. Kelly and Dawkins are providing relief now.
Our defense can be very good.
Coach K can get us to the Final Four if Zoubs, Lance, and the Plumless produce. Can they force the other team to guard them? This gives Kyle the chance to shine. The better opponents can stop Kyle if our bigs don't demand attention.
At this time, at least, I think our chances are pretty good.
Also, Kelly fascinates me. I hope he somehow can become a major contributor to a tournament run.
1) Zoubek's performance over the last 3 games isn't a complete anomoly, and more or less continues...
2) None of the big 3 get hurt (at least not worse than they already are)...
3) The small incremental improvement demonstrated recently by Andre and Mason also continues...
Then... we're as good or better than anyone in the country except KU and UK. We could certainly beat either of them in a single game (see UNLV, 1991) but it would be a tough task to beat both. Kentucky is probably more likely to get bumped off before we run into them... have to hope they have a tough bracket (and that we're not in it!).
As far as bracket match-ups go, I do not fear Kentucky, Purdue, or Michigan State. The teams I do not desire to match-up against are the Big East powers such as Syracuse, Villanova or Georgetown.
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It's a 6 game tournament. We all know the best team doesn't always win.
So much depends on who gets upset early in the DUKE regional.
So, yes, I think we have as good a chance this year as anyone. Win a couple of close games.. have a regional where maybe a higher seed gets upset, luck of the draw,, This team is GOOD,, and good enough to cut down the nets at the end.