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dook goes down to rat king's job safe?

Posted on: March 22, 2008 7:08 pm
Edited on: March 23, 2008 8:41 pm
Two year's in a row dook has had an early exit in the big dance, last year, VCU surprised everyone (most of us were ecstatic) by defeating dook in the first round. People that hated dook basketball were seen buying souvenirs and merchandise from VCU. We danced, screamed, yelled to the entire world. It was a good day for the anti-dook consensus.

This year, dook was not anticipated to do well, however, they exceeded many people's expectations on the hardwood. They separated themselves into the top tier in the ACC for quite some time, then it came down to the final game with UNC as to who was going to be the regular season Champion (as it should be). There would be no ties this year, UNC won the regular season outright.

Then onto the ACC tournament, dook loses to a fiesty Clemson squad in the semi-finals, some argue that dook was just tired, the guys did not have their legs, they were simply tired...seemed like more excuses to me. A team of dook's caliber should not be tired or losing their legs this late in the season, dook is supposed to be one of the top tiered team's in the nation. With dook's loss in the ACC tourney, they lose the opportunity to play in the East Region and stay here in the Triangle, playing at the RBC Center in Raleigh. They are penalized and placed in the West bracket as a #2 seed (I think was too high, as last year's seed was, heck last year I though they did not deserve an invite to the field of 65..another blog) - but yet they got to play in Washington, D.C.

A short jaunt to Washington, D.C., dook should be ready to take on #15 seed, Belmont, this was very much NOT the case. Belmont stuck with dook the entire game, and it took dook's @#$% luck in the dwindling seconds to win the game. I felt for those kids from Belmont, they played their hearts and souls out, really have NOTHING to be ashamed of. Enter the round 2 match-up of the West Virginia Mountaineers, coached by Bobby Huggins, a seasoned coach in his first year at WVU (not my favorite coach mind you), but Huggins had his team mentally and physically ready to take on dook. Again, another close match-up, WVU stuck around, dook lived and died by the three, as they did all season long. Well WVU prevailed, as dook missed many opportunities beyond the arc.

After the game, I heard a bit of rat king's press conference, he was speaking about DeMarcus Nelson, said that since he was the lone senior on the squad, he was the reason that the team had chalked up 28 wins, and Nelson was just tired or some other BS. Seriously?? REALLY? What about Paulus, Scheyer, Singler, Henderson, or Zoubek, is there NO CREDIT to be given to these players? Come on rat, have more class than this! You are a coach of a team, not a singular player.

Okay, now that dook has missed out on the SWEET 16 AGAIN, and had an early exit from the tourney AGAIN, are the dook alumni base going to start getting restless? Are the boosters going to start calling the AD and make demands? Or are you going to sit on your laurels and say hmm everything is great in dookieland? Cause it really is not. Seriously, any other school in the ACC, this type of crap would be unacceptable...rat would be finding a new lair for his cheese horde. Look at other school's in the rat just done? Does he need to step aside and join the hairclub for men and stop dying his hair pitch black, and relax and retire with a daquiri in his hand? Makes you wonder is his heart still in it....

Since: May 17, 2007
Posted on: March 26, 2008 12:40 pm

dook goes down to rat king's job safe?

Well, they lost to Pitt on a neutral court and played St. Johns at home. Not very successful IMHO.So what is your argument?
That they didn't play a tough schedule, which you asserted ...

or that they were .500 against the two teams I mentioned?
You blasted Coach K because he played an "easy" schedule. I dispute that assertion.

They played Michigan, which had a down year but is a national power most of the time and a formidable team in the Big 10. When they scheduled this game, did they expect Michigan to be good, bad or just average?
Cornell won the Ivy ... not earthshaking but proves they are a contender. Princeton, usually tough.
Wisconsin ... decent team

Am I gettin' anyplace?
Beating teams by 20 doesn't mean they play an easy schedule, so you might want to define the difference.
If you don't think this is a decent schedule, you probably need to do some research on college basketball.

You may also want to ask somebody how games are scheduled 2-3 years in advance. "Garsh, if we'd known we were gonna suck, we'd have played Little Sisters of the Poor."

I frankly don't care one way or the other if Duke wins, but your powder blue bias is a strip up your back about a foot wide.
This Duke schedule compares favorably to any in the conference or country, but I don't see why I need to compare it to anyone's.
If you are saying Duke played an easy schedule, and ... say UNC played a tough one ... sorry ... telling me Duke isn't "successful" is the wrong argument.

I can't see that you have made a point, quite the same as the folks who contend Duke can't win (28 of them this year) because of high academic standards. (Hint: the only team that can get away with this lie is Northwestern, OK?)

Who is p*ssing on whom down there in Tobaccoville?

I NEVER hear these comments from Big Ten fans, for what it's worth.
I also don't see how the SI story does anything but support my post here.
The Blue Devils' annual strength-of-schedule rating never dipped lower than 15th nationally from '02-'07 and was No. 1 twice. This year's schedule is currently fourth and includes seven nonconference opponents (New Mexico State, Illinois, Marquette, Wisconsin, Davidson and Pittsburgh) that reached last year's NCAA tournament. An eighth, Cornell, currently leads the Ivy League.

This guy writes one thing, then cherry-picks data to prop up his comments. Bogus.

This eight, plus the 16 ACC games and the NCAA tournament is 26 of the games that you insist are "easy."

Give me some help here ... as I wait for your rep to get above "3."

Since: Mar 23, 2008
Posted on: March 26, 2008 7:47 am

dook goes down to rat king's job safe?

oh crap ^ can somebody delete that jibba-jabba?

Since: Mar 23, 2008
Posted on: March 26, 2008 7:45 am
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Since: Mar 23, 2008
Posted on: March 26, 2008 7:41 am

dook goes down to rat king's job safe?

Well, they lost to Pitt on a neutral court and played St. Johns at home. Not very successful IMHO.

Here, just check this SI article by Stewart Mandel for some firm facts and stats:



Since: May 17, 2007
Posted on: March 26, 2008 1:01 am

dook goes down to rat king's job safe?

So, as long as the Koach can falsely inflate his teams rep by orchestrating one of the easiest schedules of any NCAA team,

mmmmmmmmmm ... easiest schedule?

They were 13-3 in the ACC and I only saw 2, maybe 3, games on the nonconference schedule that I'd qualify as "easy" games, which all teams play as a way of letting the little guys get a few dollars for being road-kill.

They may have played a couple of teams with bad records, but St. John's and Pitt aren't usually "easy" games.

Unless the ACC is an easy schedule ... depends on which side of the bread you butter, huh?

Since: Mar 23, 2008
Posted on: March 25, 2008 3:48 pm

dook goes down to rat king's job safe?

Last and not least, Tarheel fans spell it D-O-O-K.

Since: Mar 23, 2008
Posted on: March 25, 2008 3:41 pm

dook goes down to rat king's job safe?

Unfortunately yes, I believe the rat king will remain at Dook in perpetuity. Don't forget, he's not just a coach... he's a LEADER.

Dook has been overrated for years, consistently one of the top-ranked teams without the numbers to deserve it, if you track the Blue Devil's performance over the last decade.

So, as long as the Koach can falsely inflate his teams rep by orchestrating one of the easiest schedules of any NCAA team, and continue to lure MickyD's All-Americans to the roundball gulag know as Cameron Indoor Stadium (which really smells bad, by the way) he will keep his job.

Since: Nov 8, 2007
Posted on: March 25, 2008 1:28 pm

dook goes down to rat king's job safe?

I will state it now.  I am a largely bias Tar Heel fan who is not a fan of K.  Some people that try to defend K’s greatness get a little offended by some of my remarks, but I try to use sound judgment.  So these are my thoughts dookisevil...

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Coach K will have his job until he is ready to move on himself.  The university will never ask him to leave.  With the money, publicity and success he has brought the school over the last 27 years, they should keep him.  

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I agree with you dook, that K’s head is somewhere else.  Perhaps it’s on his next endorsement deal, speaking engagement, commercial, book, or NBA/Team <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">USA</st1:place></st1:c
ountry-region> dreams.  You look at the past couple of years and you see the highly regarded recruits opting for other schools.  You will see heralded dook players failing in the NBA (probably coming back to dook to coach).  You will see an over-seeded team get bumped early from the tournament.  Why?  Coach K…

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His style of play will work great against most teams, but not the best teams.  He forces his F/C players to pressure the wings placing them out of position for rebounds leading to second chance opportunities. He doesn’t develop his bench at all and obviously can’t develop big men at PF/C.  His teams over the past couple of years have gone 7 deep, at best, while his starters all average 30 mins.  By the end of the season all of the starters legs are gone, and along with that goes the 3 pt shot. No outside shot and no interior play spells dropping 4 out of 9 and early exit in the tourney.

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And some people still don’t blame the coach for recruiting problems yet he has nothing to bring to the one and done player.  He tried and failed to land Kevin Love, Brandan Right, Shaun Livingston, and now more than likely Greg Echenique.  Instead of going after other players what does K do?  Take the entire coaching staff to <st1:country-region w:st="on">China</st1:country-region>
; over the summer to coach Team <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">USA</st1:place></st1:c
ountry-region>.  I would bet any amount of money we will see a new commercial for next season, too.  He’s not focused on Dook winning.  He’s focused on glorifying himself and building his own worth. 

Alright K fans...  Let the stoning begin!

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: March 25, 2008 10:22 am

dook goes down to rat king's job safe?

First and foremost, it is Duke, not "Dook". The way you spell gives an indication of your IQ-- you were probably too drunk to fish more than once in your "lives". Duke lost because they did not hit their 3-point shots; if they would have made 30-40% of the shots game over and they would be moving on to 3rd round against Xaiver. Coach K will stay at Duke for as long as he wants. Let's add it up: 3 National Championships, 10 ACC Championships, and the most important stat of all, a 97% graduation rate among his players. Yes, it helps to be rich to attend Duke if one is not on athletic scholarship, but one has to be smart to stay enrolled. A 97% graduation rate! So have your moment and gloat that bad evil Duke is no longer in the tournament ( almost all the NCAA basketball programs can only dream of a 28-6 season with one senior on the roster). Every team that beats Duke act as if they just won the National Championship and that their "pure" program triumphed over the dark evil forces of Duke's program. It is just a game, everyone; someone wins and someone loses. Get a life!!     

correction, it's "doooooook" not "duke".  97% graduation rates have nothing to do with basketball.  besides, if you think that the players don't get help with their work, your dumber than i thought.  dook is done.  hope you enjoyed those championships because there will be no more. 

Since: Mar 17, 2008
Posted on: March 25, 2008 10:08 am

dook goes down to rat king's job safe?

I agree with your comments JohnU.  I think it's a matter of Duke not getting the same athletes that it has in the past.  Coach K I think needs to stop recruiting the same guys that range in height from 6-1 to 6-4 and start recruiting some bigger forwards and centers.  This current roster that he has needs to bulk up and do some serious off season conditioning.  They looked like they were extremely tired and had absolutely no legs.  He also needs to mix in some free throw shooting and some damn rebounding drills!  I've never seen a team struggle the way Duke did this year in the rebounding category!  The passion doesn't seem there either as in years past.  Nobody seems to be a catalyst for this team, nobody wanted to step forward and take over a game this year.  Nelson I don't think did a great job for this team, yeah they won 28 games, but we're talking about as a whole, how did they play over the course of the year if you really watch some of their games?

Duke had more players this year than they did last, but Coach K shortens his bench whenever there's a close game and seems to lose faith in some of his players off the bench.  He needs to be confident that guys like Taylor King, Nolan Smith, David McClure can come in and make a positive impact at crunch time in games.  Have you seen the amount of guys that have transferred the past couple of years due to lack of playing time?  Michael Thompson, Jamal Boykin, Eric Boateng to name a few.  All 3 were McDonald's All-Americans and 2 of them could've been a big help this year to Duke (Boykin and Boateng, if anything big bodies!).

In terms of little guys like Belmont and your Evansville Aces, I root for them and like to see them in the tournament.  I don't think they get enough exposure and we as college basketball fans miss out on seeing all kinds of talent from teams all across the country.  Unfortunately, the only time we get to see these teams is during conference tournament time and NCAA tournament time if they're lucky enough to get an invite.  I'm rooting for a team like Davidson because I've seen them play this year against UNC and Duke and know that even as a small school, they can play with anyone.  I root for these small schools, just not when they play Duke!  But I think a Carolina fan will tell you the same thing! 


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