Down Go The Devils,K Restrained From Fans, And The Heels Keep Rolling
Great night for Heels as they continued their recent run and Duke melted down on and off the court.Due to a voice issue I won’t be on the air much today but I have plenty to say in our daily blog about my frustrations with Duke.I missed the Carolina/Clemson game because of a family event but Colin has filled us in with a recap after a couple Duke rants.
Down Goes Duke:The Devils were smacked in the mouth right from the start and fell to the Cavs 73-68.ACC Player of the Year(yes i said it) Joe Harris dropped 36 and continued his amazing stretch of play in ACC games in which he has averaged over 20 in his last 9 games.Akil Mitchell scored 19 points and grabbed12 boards while completely outplaying Mason Plumlee.The real key to Virginia is the defense of PG Jontel Evans who with his on ball pressure disrupts your entire offense.As far as Duke goes,the only player I wasn’t mad at last night was Seth Curry who I thought played with a lot of heart in trying to bring them back at the end.Curry finished with 28.It appears that Mason Plumlee has played too many minutes this season and is beginning to wear down as we enter March.Duke doesn’t have a quality big to spell him for stretches and its costing them right now.We really could of used Marshall Plumee to contribute more this season.I still feel Duke bounces back against Miami but with each game I get more concerned that this team is more like the team that lost to Lehigh and not the 2010 National Championship team
Coach K Restrained: What was a bad night for Coach K and the entire Duke team got worse after the game when K had to be restrained from going after Virginia fans that stormed the court according to Andrew Jones of FoxSportsCarolinas.com
There is no excuse for Coach K’s behavior during the game last night and yelling at fans but I have been saying all season that this court storming situation needs to be addressed by the ACC like the SEC did a decade ago.I was a college age kid not long ago so I understand the excitement and lifetime memories these student take from those moments but a player, a coach, a fan, a broadcaster, etc is going to get hurt one day.As K said after the game, what if a student charges at at one of his players and that player responds? The player gets suspended and we have a much bigger problem on our hands.
Heels Keep Rolling: In front of a rather unspectacular Littlejohn Coliseum crowd (according to James Michael McAdoo’s post game comments), UNC knocked off Clemson, 68-59.Behind a strong first half from both Reggie Bullock and Marcus Paige along with a balanced scoring attack, UNC opened up a 14 point halftime lead.The Tigers scrapped in the 2nd half, out rebounding the Heels by 14, including by 7 on the offensive glass (9-2), but their scoring woes (39.7 FG%) were too much to overcome.After only 4 first half points, Clemson recognized Devn Booker’s size mismatch and he chipped in 21 second half points to lead all scorers.After scoring 13 or more in three of his last four games, Tiger freshman Jordan Roper was held to just 6 points. On the flip side, all five Tar Heel starters scored in double digits.The Tar Heels (20-8, 10-5) next take on FSU at home on Sun and Clemson (13-14, 5-10) heads to Virginia Tech on Saturday.
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