Dave, your sarcasm behooves you. This was not a prognostication just an opinion based on what I have seen this season. Starting in January, Duke has beaten only 2 really good teams, ( UNC and FSU), and has struggled to put others away. Yes, they beat Kansas and Michigan in Maui and Michigan State at MSG early on, but those teams are better now then they were then.
I would never start a thread saying ," See I was right", but would acknowledge your congratulations.
Incidentially, in your opinion, which is worth or is as worthless as mine, how do you think Duke will do in the NCAA tournament ? What are your expectations? Do you think that they are a Final 4 team, an Elite 8 a Sweet 16?
Just what is it that you've observed this year that leads you to conclude that Kentucky's youth is an issue?
I try to limit my prognostications on the NCAA tournament. I've followed the event far too long and far too closely to look at a team at the end of the regular season, before conference tournaments are done, and long before pairings are announced, and pretend to have any idea what a group of 18-21 year olds is going to do in an emotionally charged one-and-done event, particularly when they are competing against other groups of 18-21 year olds who are similarly emotionally charged. I also try to steer clear of fortune telling, ouija boards, and astrology.
Answering your fair question without all the humor, I really do think it's pretty pointless to say, "This is an elite eight team." I have no idea who might be our 2nd or 3rd round matchup or, assuming, say, we're a 2 seed, what's going to happen to the hypothetical 1, 4, and 5 seeds in the same bracket in which we haven't yet been placed. In 1983, as of the last game of the regular season, NC State was a "hope you enjoy watching from your dorm room" team. Weeks later, Cozell McQueen was standing on the rim celebrating being the starting center of the national champions.
A better question is probabl˙: is Duke, in my opinion (of questionable worth, I will be the first to admit) a national champion contender, or a team that has too many flaws to seriously make a run? I'd say we're a lot closer to a national champion contender than a team too fatally flawed to realistically make a run. I base that opinion, for what it's worth, on our record to date, particularly our record against NCAA tournament team caliber competition, as well an assessment of the other high level teams out there.
I have no idea, however, how that will translate into whether or not we win the thing, or at what round we might be eliminated. Tell you what, when the brackets are announced, I can tell you if I think we're likely to survive the first weekend. If we survive the first weekend and have an idea who we will face in the regional semis and regional finals, I'll tell you what I think about our chances to survive the 2nd weekend. Etc...
Brian Zoubek on what was going through his mind walking to the free throw line with 3.6 seconds remaining in the 2010 National Championship game and Duke up by 1: "Fifty percent [of me is] thinking, This is what I've been dreaming of doing my entire life. Fifty percent I'm crapping my pants."
Sounds like you simply assume youth will be an issue, but not based on anything that has happened this year. When this Kentucky team was much younger it defended it's home court against the immensely talented and somewhat experienced Tarheels. Two wins over a pretty good Vandy team and an unbeaten conference schedule, however weak the SEC may be this year. I see no indication of youth as a weakness. We all know that anything can happen in one and done tourney play, and Kentucky may not win it all. But that won't necessarily mean that youth caused their downfall.
So history is against them. No team other than Michigan's Fab Five has made a Final Four with that kind of inexperience, and even 1992 Michigan had several juniors and seniors coming off the bench. Plus, they didn't win the title.
Was it me, or did we not call any time-outs while we were getting blown out in the first 5 or 6 minutes of the game? Coach K said we were overwhelmed... surprised we didnt call any time-outs early.
Has Ryan played SF at all this year? Just thought he might be tougher on Barnes with his height since none of our guards can really bother his shot.
And it might have helped on the boards to go with the Plumlees and Ryan in a big lineup. I just can't remember seeing all 3 of them on the floor together at any time this year.
We weren't getting bad shots....but i think maybe just time to say calm down guys....shrug....it was very slow in unfolding....despite being so disastrous...if you recall, it was 4-4...and then 5-8? or something....maybe he was hoping to get to the 16 minute timeout?
things to do this weekend:
1) watch duke
2) chip in to iron dukes for the average cost of one cleaning bill for "gatorade stain removal"