K said once that the only statistic that Scheyer cared about was W-L. That was so evidently true. That was one heck of a team and story, between Z's redemption, unconventional "win first" point guard, and on and on. And it was only a couple of years ago.
As great as that team was (and it was indeed great and a joy to watch) the documentary reminds us just how dangerous the NCAA Tournament single-loss format is.
In some way, the format worked in our favor in 1991 as we beat UNLV, yet could we have beaten them in a best of 7 or even best of 3?
And then in 1992, without Laettner's last shot of a perfect shooting day, we would have lost to a KY team that probably couldn't handle Duke in a longer series, but nearly won that day.
Really enjoyed the documentary, especially the parts about Christian and Bobby butting heads. Interesting reason Christian gave.... that Coach K gave Bobby the ball at his first practice and said this is Bobby's team....
If you guys want to read a funny book, get "Dont put me in Coach"... by Mark Titus. Has some language, but is a pretty funny read about his life at the end of the Ohio State bench for 4 years....
He and Evan Turner had a rather "interesting" relationship as well, in the sense that they basically hated each other....
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As to the present day, we've seen some remarkable finishes from this group of players, from Maui to Chapel Hill being down by 10 with 2:30 left, to being down by 20 against the Wolfpack with 11+ minutes to go.
These players too have demonstrated a remarkable will to win, and I'm certain their coach has communicated in a similar fashion to them.
In some ways, the comebacks this year have been more remarkable, because we don't have a Laettner, Hurley, or Hill. Let's give this team some credit.
as far as you working for me, you are no where near ready for the world i function in..........you would get eaten alive.......LOL !!!......in time maybe........
"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
“Those two kids, they’re champions,” Krzyzewski said of his senior leaders. “They’re trying to teach the other kids how to become that, and it’s a long road to become that.”
let me say this before i get labeled here as a duke basher or something like that...........i absolutely love duke basketball...........i believe this team has everything they need to not just do well in this tournament, but to win this tournament...........they have the best pure shooter in the game in dawkins, he just has to do his thing EVERY TIME he takes the court......no more excuses......they have the best playmaker in rivers he just has to function as a finger on the fist, not the whole fist..........the plumlees are men enough to take on anyone..........curry can be as good as he wants to be..........he is loaded with talent...........thornton can neutralize any star they put in front of him..........kelly is a lethal weapon all over the floor.........and they certainly have the coach to do it........it all boils down to one thing............WILL............do they have the will to do it ???..............every other ingriedent is perfectly in place.........duke is good enough to will themselves to victory against anybody they will play in this tournament......and they should expect nothing less of themselves...........just like you guys have said, they have beaten most of them already...........
What I've learned about Duke fans is this. When we win a championship, then everything is awesome and the players all had heart. When we don't win, the players lacked toughness and heart.
Same as any other fanbase.