I'm pretty confident that if Irving hypothetically stayed next year, Duke's back court would be better than the Bobcats' is this year.
Rivers, Irving, Dawkins, Curry, Cook, Thornton
Augustin, Livingston, Henderson, Carroll, Collins -- you'd probably have to include Steven Jackson too which would tilt it in the Bob's favor, but it's almost debatable.
People said the same thing about our 1999 team - that it could compete against most NBA teams. It's a nice way for opposing coaches to cover their bases. If they lose, who can blame them? Duke just has too much talent. And if they win, they just beat an NBA-caliber team!
I guess the trick for the Marquette coach is to use such excessively hyperbolic terminology, yet still convince his own team that they have a chance to win.
(Hyperbolic? Is that even a word?)
Great article about Vander Blue and his friendship with Kyrie. Looks like a kid that would have fit right in had he come to Duke. Great character and apparently a great defensive player.
Here's hoping he plays well, but his team doesn't.
Or are you being facetious too?
You guys obviously don't watch much bobcats bball -- the only player definitely better than irving and rivers is jackson. And yes I bet Rivers and Irving are going to be a lot better than henderson, augustin, livingston, and collins
As far as the posters who are stating that coach K wouldn't base his starting lineup on what our opponents' strengths are, I totally agree. I was suggesting that it would be interesting if he went with a smller lineup (including Dawkins) being that it has been the most effective to date. Not that he would necessarily do it, but just a possibility. This game will offer us a better glimpse as to where our true strengths and weaknesses are. I can't wait!
I was a freshman with Shane, Elton, Chris Burgess and William Avery. Early in the school year, I witnessed a scrimmage between current and former Blue Devils. Christian Laettner, Bobby Hurley, Danny Ferry, Marty Clark and Thomas Hill were on a team together. Elton was talking a ton of smack to Christian before the game. Christian proceeded to score all 11 of his teams points. They won 11-5 IIRC. A professional Christian Laettner made a freshman Elton look silly. I'll never forget Laettner shooting a 35-footer to finish it off. He turned around while the ball was still in the air and yelled, "game!" Elton just shook his head.
Later, an already injured Hurley toyed with Wojo.
However, we did see Austin (as a rising high school senior) hold his own against the number one pick, John Wall. Just sayin'...
Is anyone else worried about tonight's game?
But seriously, Marquette's not a slouch team. Duke's favored by 12, but they still have to put the round orange thingy into the hoop thingy more than Marquette does. They could lose against any decent team by having a bad night and the other shooting lights out.
call me naive but im not worried about any game this year.
Don't plan on seeing the start of the DUKE game. Tipoff time allegedly 7:35, as per Duke radio pregame show. Still halftime of OU-ky.
espn strikes again.