In the ACC tournament, we did OK. We didn't look great against Va Tech, but we won. FSU had a strong team this season. A close semifinal loss to them was not a great result, but was hardly embarrassing either.
We did enough to earn a 2-seed. I'm not sure what your expectations were, but earning a 2-seed seems like a pretty strong result to that point in the season. To argue that we underperformed is to say you expected a 1-seed, which seems ambitious after losing Smith, Singler and Irving. To argue that we should have garnered a higher 2-seed is nitpicking.
So about the only way one can argue that we underperformed is if the NCAA tournament is everything. We underperformed badly in the tournament, no doubt, but saying we underperformed for the whole season because of one bad loss seems myopic to me.
“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.”
Trying to at least touch on the thread topic here, I hope that Silent G is big part of a new rotation that somehow clicks better than last year's did toward the end. Call it chemistry or whatever, our defense finished #70 in efficiency in the country. That's not clicking at the level we're used to at Duke. And our offense, while finishing at #11, did not finish so strong either.
And that gets to the recent posts in this thread. I don't think losing 7 games is the reason that people feel disappointed. After all, that's a typical total for a championship team (not this year, but on average up until this year, that's about it). I think the reason some feel disappointed is that the team seemed to peak early, then showed some signs of weakness (Temple), finally finishing with 3 losses in our last 4, one of which was a blowout home loss to our #1 rival, and another a shocking first-round upset to a little heralded team.
So I think it was the trajectory of the season that at the heart of the matter for many of us, as well as the particularly shocking losses characterizing the tail end.