f$u already has 7 PF on them for tomorrow's game for hand checking. Zeller starts the game shooting 1&1.
Not leaving until the game is over.
I was all ready to feel good about going into the ncaat before Kelly's injury. Now we're going in with no momentum and very bad offensive struggles - a total reverse of what we've this season. On the other hand we've faced two very good defensive opponents. I'm betting we'll be a popular pick to be upset early. It ofcourse depends on matchups but we seem prone to bad matchups right now.
Agreed, Agreed, Agreeed, Agreed.
I'm not going to worry about Ryan, I think a lot of the reason were holding him out is pre-cautionary but yes, our guard play NEEDS to tighten up and be more aggressive. No more shooting 3's for Tyler Thornton, just step in take it in a few steps and be aggressive!
I'll keep it simple,
This team is not very good right now. I'm not sure I can think of a recent Duke team that reminds me of this one, but we're really struggling on offense. We never pass the ball on the roll. Granted the Plumlee's fumble the ball at times, but we will not make it far in the tourney with Ty Thornton being an integral part of our offense. I could go on and ramble, but its obvious. If we're not hitting the 3 at a 40% clip, we have nothing offensively. I think what bothers me the most is we won't even try to feed it to the post. Miles had a little streak in the 2nd half, but nope, we will not keep feeding him.
I am hopeful that K will motivate these guys to play better coming up, but schematically, there's nothing much we can change after 33 games. I'm not even mad. I am more shocked at how we seem to be getting worse as the season continues. Anyone got any ideas how we can get better really fast, or is our ceiling simply the Sweet 16?
The game of basketball, most of the time, requires the passing of the ball. We seem to have forgotten how.
Yup. Big guys in the middle, quick tweeners who can drive in the gap in the defense in the lane, quickI disagree. FSU is not a better team, but they definitely match up with us well
big guards to stop the 3. Snaer in particular found the gap in our D up around the free throw line.
Not a surprising outcome. Hope Carolina isn't cheering too hard; without, Henson, I don't see them
beating FSU either.
It is hard for us to win when we only score 59 points. Credit FSU for playing tough defense, but our offense has been in a funk for a couple of weeks and we need to snap out of it before Friday.
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Oh well. On to the tournament, as everyone's saying. Hopefully Kelly's back by the second round (or earlier).
Too many mistakes (many unforced) and poor execution (on both ends of the court) + FSU making big plays in the end were the difference.
Honestly, I wouldn't be surprised to see us slide down to a 3 seed. In the end we rely too heavily on "the lottery" as we have zero post offense and only one guy who can create his own shot off the dribble.
I hope we win the Powerball but I'm not holding my breath. I wouldn't be surprised to see this team in New Orleans and I wouldn't be surprised if this team fell in the 1st round (or whatever its called now).
You know, a non-North Carolina school wins it once a decade or so. It's about time.
You must spread some comments around before flaming the Moderators again.
No way now
Granted they are probably not a "typical" Duke team. And your characterization of them --"flashes of a good team but can't put it together"--seems plausible. But I think saying they are not a true Duke team suggests, somehow, that they aren't worthy of us. I don't think it is fair for us, as fans, to feel that entitled.
[I realize I am interpreting your post rather than responding to your direct words, and if I am reading way too much into it, my apologies in advance.]