This sort of reminds me of the end of John Smoltz's career in - was it Boston - where he got lit up, and later, after briefly signing with another team (Cardinals?) he was informed that he had been tipping his pitches.
Can anyone provide a link to last nights post game presser? didnt get the chance to watch it. Thanks
Couldn't resist....I had to make a video about Hitler learning that Duke lost to Lehigh.
hoping that laughter can make us all feel a bit better.... pm me if you want the link to it. (Rated R due to language)
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That said, I could see how we'd be confused if we constantly changed up our signals. At times we seemed confused enough already.
This tangent kind of reminds me of how our FB team constantly looked to the sideline for just about every play ... while it seemed like at least some of the better ones (Stanford?), the QB had the ability to call from the huddle.
I have nothing of substance to add. I was just happy to see the boards back up so I could console myself with friends. I have moped around all day. Thanks, Miles. Not how I wanted to see you go out!
Regarding play selection and scouting, it seems Duke was only using half a dozen plays too... If you see a Plumlee standing at the top of the key, it's pretty obvious what's coming next... Seriously, Duke is on TV enough that I think it's pretty easy for opponents to get all the game recordings they need to prep, especially in the digital era.
Overall, the more I think about it, the more I believe this season was one of Coach K's better efforts, last night's upset notwithstanding. As noted by a lot of posters, the team was missing some major pieces to be complete. He built the team around the Plumlees taking care of the boards and giving some inside production, Austin's offense, and 3 point shooting from whomever happened to be hitting that night. Not a whole lot of margin for error in that recipe.
Statistically, our 3 point shooting isn't THAT much of a strength, with a season percentage of .371 good for a rank somewhere around 50 in D-1. Individually, Ryan is the best, shooting at .408, and everyone else in the mid to high 30s (at least above the "Mendoza line" of 33%). Looking at the national stats, you need 43% to make the top 100 individually, and close to 49% to make the top 10. So when the 3-pointers weren't falling last night, I was perplexed when some players backed up even further and kept on jacking them.
I think the lack of quality point guard was the biggest missing piece. I hadn't looked closely at the stats until today, and I was surprised to see that no one averaged more than 2.4 assists a game. I'll have to do some more browsing to see when was the last time a Duke team leader's assist average was so low. In his comments about McCollum last night, Coach K said, "Him being on the floor makes everybody better. So if we could have fouled him out or got him into foul trouble, that would have been the best strategy because he just makes people better. "
My questions: Who is the guy (or will be the guy next season) who will "just make people better?" It's yet another way to think about chemistry. Who's the "glue guy"? And who is the guy who will spread the ball around and make sure it's going where it needs to be? Like everyone else, I've seen plenty of times where it looked like the bigs had their guy sealed but didn't get the ball for whatever reason. I'm fine with that if the ball is going somewhere else and creating opportunities for others, but when a guard is just standing there dribbling the air out of the ball, then he's the wrong guy with it.
This season brought some unforgettable highlights, and the team had some nice wins, and a great win for the ages. For next season, let's see who comes and who goes, and how the team fits together. Every season and every team is different, and I'm confident that Coack K will figure out how to get the most of whatever the kids bring to the table. And maybe he'll come up with a new wrinkle or two after coaching the Olympics again.
P.S. Mrs. Turk is a Lehigh grad, so there's some silver lining for me. And she said, "If Lehigh was going to win, why couldn't it have been Carolina?"
"We are men of action, lies do not become us."
WHen you expect victory, the basketball gods punish you.
I'm not sure fans should be the judge of humiliating. It's not the fan's necks that are out on the line. ITs the coaches and players. If they can come out and say we fought, then I think its very conceited for a fan to come out and say it was humiliating. The players play to win games, not to fulfill your expectations and allow you to be smug at victory or humiliated in defeat.
Tell me this, would you go up to the team and players and tell them they should be humiliated at their loss? Don't do it here either. I'm darn proud to be a duke fan, I'm proud of our team, and they should be proud of themselves, never humiliated.
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"
Austin made a big improvement throughout the course of the year in terms of general court vision and seeing the defensive rotations, but he still has a lot more upside in his ability to get the defense out of position and get baskets for other players, not just himself. I would expects his assists per minute to go up significantly next year.
And a healthy Quinn with a year of experience and a good offseason could be the true point who can regularly get 6 assists per game and get the bigs the ball in positions where they can easily capitalize on it.
As for humiliating losses, my vote goes still to the legendary opening round game in the 1983 ACC tournament, when UVA beat Duke 109-66, where Coach K gave the "Here's to NEVER forgetting tonight" quote.
And I would say it wasn't even the worst loss this season. The spanking by Ohio State and UNC in Cameron were worse. Last night Duke played hard, but not just not tough enough to grind out a win...
"We are men of action, lies do not become us."