1) Syracuse had already played games without Melo (and lost the first) during the season. They were already prepared for his absence.
2) Syracuse's second unit would be ranked in the top 25. They have really depth.
3) Monday is three days before Thursday (when Cuse played).
A sad end to an uneven season. Thanks Miles for four memorable seasons.
While it might sound sacreligious to even ask, but I will anyway. We had about 1 week to prepare for Lehigh ad everyone knew or should have known what a terrific player McComber, ( probably spelling it wrong) is. Wasn't there a defensive scheme to set up to try and negate him. Obviously I am not a coach and my knowledge of coaching basketball is extremely limited, but if one player on the opposing team is so dominant, then you have to make some defensive adjustments to try and limit him.
Secondly, Duke lived and died with the 3 and last night it was not working, so why not at half time come up with another offensive scheme?
For that matter, in the week of preparation shouldn't the coaches have had an alternate if the 3s were not working?
Well, at least Elmore won't have us to kick around any more.
I'll bet he's bummed that 3/4 of his schtick is over for this season.
If you feel that Duke had a ," great", season then I respect you for that as I hope that you respect me for saying that Duke had a disappointing one.
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"
This season will be remembered for two things- the Rivers' shot and the loss to a 15 seed. The good news is that the pain from yesterday's loss will fade and you will see replays of the Rivers' shot a couple times a year for the rest of your life.
WHile the end had to be tough, from the perspective of the season, it's hard to be too disappointed. If you lose two first-team ACC players and the #1 player in the NBA draft, you are rebuilding, I don't care who you have coming in. And as rebuilding years go, this one wasn't too shabby. Is there a team in the country that wouldn't settle for a "down year" like the season that just ended?
From the field he was 9 for 24. Not only did he not shoot 50% from the field, he didn't even shoot 40% from the field.
"But he must have been lighting it up from outside, right?"
Um, no, he was under 30% from 3-pt land.
"At least he must have been JJ-like from the FT stripe, right?"
Not quite. Well under 70% from the line.
So, getting him to 30 points took 24 field goal attempts and 16 free throw attempts. Not exactly a model of offensive efficiency.
Which is not to say McCollum did not play the best of the players on the floor in that game. But it's relative to how poorly we played.
"If Lehigh showed what a fantastic team they are by beating Duke, then surely they are favored by a healthy margin over Xavier, right?"
Um, no, the line has Xavier by 3.5 points.
It's right for Coach K and our players to praise McCollum and the Lehigh team. That's what true sportsmen and people with integrity and class do.
But let's keep it in perspective, folks.
Overall, we had a very successful season. We beat a bunch of top teams. We were undefeated ON THE ROAD in the ACC (wow!). We put ourselves in a position to win the ACC regular season championship on the last game at home but came up short. And had Ryan not gone down, we might well have cut down the nets at the ACCT.
And congratulations to Miles (a National Champion) for his play and effort and always representing Duke to the highest standards.
Last night's game was simply not our finest hour, in fact our worst game in a big game in years.
Thank goodness Missouri also lost so the media vultures have something else to feed on as well!
If you think that this year was a rebuilding year, what about next year? If Rivers and or Mason leave then next year will be more of a rebuilding year than this year.
Do you really think thaTMarshall Plumlee, Alex Murphy and Suliaman ,( spelling) are going to turn this team into a championship team? We do not have quich guards and teams that do, burn us. How is that going to improve next year?