Redick would have been a folk hero had he played at Wichita State instead of Duke and shot someone like Louisville or Georgetown or UConn out of the tournament, all the while strutting around the court and trash talking like crazy. But put the letters "D-U-K-E" on his jersey and he becomes a villain. Just the way it goes. But it's a really interesting dynamic to me.
Note: the other interesting thing is that I believe this is more of an issue amongst the white fan demographic. Not that race should make a difference either way - just something interesting I've observed in my limited experience.
If 77.5 PPG is "grinding it out" then what in the world do we say about the B10? I personally thank god we don't have to watch games all season with scores like 52-48. But even so, those B10 schools sure seem to attract a lot of talent despite their "grind it out" style. I just don't see the relevance in saying we need to play a certain style - either to succeed on the court or succeed in recruiting.
I mean, we've won 27 games so far this season. In the end, does it really matter how we win them? Or just that we win them, style points and everything else aside...
America likes its floppy-haired white boys as Cinderella stories, not as supposed Goliaths.
I thought the 91/92 documentary was a great reminder. We were LOADED with 6'5-6'8 athletes who could run as fast and jump as high as anybody, we they got up and down the floor "like the Showtime Lakers". They also had that swagger and overwhelming confidence and will to win. Something tells me if that were the case in 2012, we'd be a little "cooler".
And, it does matter to recruits how we win. They want to see a style that is fun, and I argue that teams that don't look to run will be less desirable from the recruit's perspective. Now, I don't care how we win, although I would like to see us pass much better, run the floor, drain 3s and play suffocating D but you don't always have the personnel for that.
"With seven national titles and 20 Final Fours in the 64-team NCAA Tournament era, Duke and UNC have had more playoff success than any other CONFERENCE." - Al Featherston
The reason we're hated is simple. We have no "natural" fan base like the schools listed above, and so they see us as a team that should be a curiosity like Butler or George Mason-- not a team that climbed all the way to superpower status.
I am closing this totally hopeless hapless helpless thread. Will open a new one shortly that will be for 2012 recruing only or else folks will earn themselves infractions for going off topic.
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