Posted On: March 26, 2014 By: Cliff Comments: (zero)
It has been almost a week since we watched Duke fall to Mercer in the 2nd round of the NCAA Tournament. Duke fans sure wasn’t expecting it but it came happened and for the second time in three years a Duke team didn’t make it out of the 2nd/3rd round set of games. To just put it out there, the 78-71 loss was pretty damn embarrassing in my opinion.
The 14th-seeded Mercer Bears with a starting lineup of five seniors played Duke strong through out the first half and then pulled ahead in the last five minutes of the game when their leadership took over. Duke on the other hand and no one step up and take over the game. Rodney Hood? Nope, Jabari Parker? Nope. Both players never got it going in a very disappointing loss.
The two guys that did play well were Quinn Cook – 23 point and Rasheed Sulaimon – 20 points.
In the end however it was the Mercer leadership that won. A team with five seniors coming up with the biggest win of their careers in their final season of play. That sounds like a Duke team where we used to have Seniors playing meaningful games and leading their teams to victory.
So will Coach K stop with the one and done type players? Not according to his press conference. He said we will still recruit the best high school players out there no matter if they plan on leaving after one year, or staying all four years and graduating. The incoming recruiting class has four highly rated players including Jahill Okafor who is expected to definitely be a one and done type player. The one plus for Okafor though, is that he is a big man that can play down low. Something Duke is missing when they are so guard orientated. When the three ball isn’t dropping, hopefully Okafor will be be scoring down in the paint.
In the end, it was another lousy season for a Duke fan. I’m sure the coaches and players feel the same way. Any time you are getting knocked out by Lehigh or Mercer, it is a lousy season…
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