I think part of the problem is we no longer schedule "true" non-conference road games like we used to. I loved some of the games at Arizona, LSU, Oklahoma, and Michigan. I forget what the exact number is and a I don't have the time to do the research, but I know we have only had 6 "true" road games in the last several years. When I say "true" I mean not on a neutral court. While I see Coach K's rationale that it prepares the team for neutral sites in the NCAA's, I think we truely miss the toughness that a "true" road game against a quality non-conference team can generate. Also, I think our schedule has generally been weak leading up to ACC season the last few years. Usually we have one really good matchup before ACC season and latley it has been on a neutral court. So we head into ACC play with no losses or one loss and a high ranking. Then over the course of time, we find out that maybe the team has some problems not exposed early on. I mean sure we play some good mid-majors, but this is Duke. We should be lacing them up against the best and get an accurate measure of what is going on. Maybe losing more games helps in the long run. To me I see a trend as we move away from those exciting home and home series we used to have, a decline in toughness come tourney time. Just my two cents. If nothing else, I would love to watch Duke go to UCLA, UConn, or Kansas. Win or lose that would make for a memorable game.