That's life in this job, huh?
You drive through snow and sit in a gym with weird bench placement because a game at Memorial between Georgia and Vanderbilt figures to be among the night's best, and by the end of the night you're sitting in a gym with weird bench placement watching a TV showing Florida State fans storming the court after an improbable 66-61 victory over Mike Krzyzewski's Blue Devils. I mean, Florida State lost to Auburn earlier this month, and Auburn might not win another game this season unless Cecil Newton has another son who can A) really hoop, and B) get eligible by February.
Short of that, I'm not optimistic.
Auburn stinks this season.
But Auburn somehow beat Florida State.
And now Florida State has somehow beaten Duke.
So let me tell you what it means and what it doesn't mean.
- Duke is vulnerable without Kyrie Irving.
- Ohio State will likely be the new No. 1 on Monday afternoon.
- Kansas and Syracuse fans will spend Monday afternoon complaining.
- Duke is seriously flawed.
- Duke was overrated.
- Duke can't repeat.
Question: Does Duke have problems?
But Duke's problems are still probably smaller than everybody else's problems.
Don't ever forget that.
Duke took a bad loss on the road late Wednesday, sure. It happens in this sport. But the Blue Devils still have two All-Americans, a terrific supporting cast and the nation's most accomplished coach. So though I understand why you might be concerned that Duke couldn't do Wednesday what Auburn did last week, focusing too much on that fun little fact is good way to skew reality and lose sight of the larger picture.
Bottom line, the Blue Devils are still really good.
They're just not perfect.
But neither is anybody else.
So my guess is that they'll be just fine.