I approve of this game
I definitely give a $#@!. Although I was watching the Hoyas come back from 17 down to beat Marquette. Now can I have a Texas win and a Syracuse loss, plz?
I refrained from discussing the Duke game so as not to jinx Temple. Now that I may, it is safe to say Baby Jesus smiles when Duke loses.
Cue naked_bongo's anti Duke rant en tres, dos, uno....
Hey Donny, what happened to Coach K in 1994, again?
Coach K teaser on SportsCenter following loss to Temple:
Press: "Did you see a night like this coming?"
Coach K: "If I had seen a night like this coming, I would have faked an illness."
You can't make this $#@! up. Better call up Pete Gaudet.
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Last edited by STFU Donny; 01-06-2012 at 07:21 AM.
you long for those whole 8 games Irving played?
I long for what might have been. Irving was ready for the nba the first time he stepped on the court. Rivers might be a good nba player someday... Hell, he might end up better than Irving... But right now, he's a hothead with huge potential who keeps picking up his dribble on the wing! Argh.
Irving would be my choice no question. Seems like a team player, good kid, incredibly composed and cool under pressure, and in his limited appearances showed glimpses of the ability to take over a game. Rivers is a $#@!y brat (no offense Donny, but he really is), and gets rattled so easily plus he seems really cold and unlikeable not just because he plays for Duke. Rivers may pull a Harrison Barnes 2010-11 and explode when he gets some ACC games under his belt, but there's something personality wise about him (granted it is from my very biased POV) that just seems off. When Kyrie was hurt, he was going crazy on the sidelines with his teammates, cheering them on, doing everything to stay upbeat despite not getting to really show folks what he was all about. You could just tell he was going crazy to get out on the court. Now Irving can go jump off a cliff because he's a dookie, but he's actually one of the more likeable dookies in a while. Probably because he didn't really play much haha. Rivers seems like he spends too much time in his head - I don't know why - but he doesn't seem to be "one of the guys" on that bench. Granted, I got to watch a whole season of how Irving handled his situation, and I've only seen a handful of Duke games this year, so I could be really off about Rivers. I'll defer to Donny to see if he agrees with me at all.
I don't usually put too much stock in personalities, because some of the greatest athletes are colossal douchebags (Hi MJ), but Rivers' body language is terrible when things aren't going well. He's really good at the stuff that gets you on ESPN (crossing guys over, leading a break, etc.) but very mediocre at stuff that really counts (like picking up his $#@!ing dribble and missing free throws, like he just did against Tech).
What I mainly miss about Irving is that it was obvious from the first time he stepped on the court that he could start for an NBA team right then. Effortless scoring and passing. Duke would have been a prohibitive favorite to win the title last year if Irving had stayed healthy.
Rivers has a lot of talent but will definitely need to grow up and learn the game better. For a coach's kid, he doesn't play smart like a coach's kid a lot of times.
And how the $#@! are we barely beating Tech?
Last edited by STFU Donny; 01-07-2012 at 02:00 PM.
Tech blowing it on the FT line. Missed their last 4 attempts.
Last edited by Underdog; 01-07-2012 at 02:03 PM.
Perfect example just now. GaTech down 6 and needs a 3, inbound to Rivers' man (Glen Rice Jr.) and instead of just playing solid D and contesting the shot without fouling, Rivers goes for the steal and leaves Rice with a wide-open 3. Not smart.
But there's no excuse for playing even with $#@!ing TECH, even on the road.
UNC shouldn't lose to anyone this year, but Roy apparently can't convince your guys that defense, you know, matters. That's why they're going to get upset a few times by vastly inferior teams who hang around and then get hot late.
I absolutely agree we're going to get upset a couple of times.
By the way, Donny, Mike Gminski does the regional ACC network games on TV, and he is one of the worst-dressed people I've ever seen. He dresses like a slightly worse Bill Lumbergh. Stuck in the 90s.
Holy $#@!, I just went to google images to look for a pic of Gminski wearing his standard attire so you could see what I meant, and on the first page of results, there's a pic of Lumbergh. LOL. I'm not the only one whose noticed.
G and Brando do/did a solid job on the ACC broadcasts for FS.
Duke should have a soft spot in my heart for what they did to Digger and ND back in 78.
Dude for Murray St. 6-6 3 pt. FGs in the first 10 minutes of the 1st half. Some unreal shooting so far.
Hurley seems to be a good guy also. Met him in St. Louis for the 1st/2nd Rd. back in 2002. Was teasing him about being a brave soul with all of us UK fans around after that 92 game. He reminded me about the KU fans as well. Totally forgot about Duke beating KU the prior season in the Finals.
I can see the Lumbergh comparison, but he really reminds me of Will Ferrell in costume for an SNL skit.
Bilas is a superb analyst and I wish they'd $#@!can Vitale and pair Bilas with Dan Shulman.
I look forward to the Maui just for the McDonough/Raftery/Bilas trio. They piss basketball excellence. The only thing I hate about March Madness and the Tourney (aside from the ulcer I get from stress) is having to listen to Clark Kellogg and his god-awful catch-phrases he beats to death.
They won't get much national hype unless they go on a major tear in Big East play, but don't sleep on WVU. Even though they are a VERY young team with 7 freshmen and sophmore's, they are very capable of beating anyone in the country. The losses are misleading as the Mountaineers lost on the road to a solid Mississippi State, A very hot Seton Hall team on the road, Blew the game in Overtime against Baylor in Vegas and lost at home the first week of the season against Kent State.
Some solid wins so far over Kansas State, Miami, Georgetown.
Kevin Jones is a monster and is the best player in the big east at this point. Between Jones, all the great young guys and the leadership of senior point guard Truck Bryant who's been on a major tear in big east play ( at least 25 points in 3 of last 4 big east games). Most likely end up with 7-8 losses, but don't forget them come March. Bob Huggins will have them playing as well as anyone going into March Madness. A final four run similar to the run last year wouldn't surprise me if the bracket fell The right way. At the same time, neither would a first weekend exit. Monday's game at UCONN will be very telling.
<---- Likes Kellogg. He's no more guilty than all the other analysts with their overused cliches.
I'm surprised at how weak the acc looks. ga tech and wake are really bad. Virginia is good, but fsu has been a huge disappointment so far.
Lot's of good basketball this week. Just to name a few:
Monday: WVU/UCONN, OU/OSU, Cincinnati/Georgetown
Tuesday: Baylor/KSU, Ohio State/Illinois
Wednesday: Missouri/Iowa State, Wake Forest/Maryland, Texas/Texas A&M
Thursday: Virginia/Duke, Gonzaga/St Mary's
Friday: No real games of national interest.
Saturday: Kentucky/Tennessee, Texas/Missouri, Michigan/Iowa, UNLV/San Deigo State, Oregon/Arizona, Pitt/Marquette
Illinois up 3 @ home over Ohio St with 1:49 left on ESPN...
Damn, #15 Louisville got rolled up 90-59 @ Providence.
HUGE 3 by Illinois, then Sullinger gets swatted, Ill up 4, :30 left.
11-15 FG, 13-15 FT, 8-10 3P, just your basic 43-pt night for Brandon Paul of Ill.
Ill wins 79-74.
Ohio State is on its way to a four seed. Three seed, tops. They just do not play cohesively in close games down the stretch.
We had Miami beat by halftime. Neither team could knock down anything from three, but we killed them on the boards with 45 rebounds. Harrison Barnes had one of the worst games I can remember (6 pts), but we had a couple guys step up in scoring - Dexter Strickland and Kendall Marshall both had double figures. Say what you want about our chances, but there are few teams who spread points among the starters than Carolina does.
UVA @ Duke starting now on ESPN.
Jesus. It was an obvious foul on that perimeter shot by Ryan Kelly, but LOL at that flop.
If Virginia didn't give Duke a little padding with a couple of missed easy shots and that stupid foul on Kelly, there's a good chance they could have tied or taken the lead. Duke crushes a lot of people at home with ease, but there is voodoo magic in Cameron that makes teams $#@! the bed at the most critical times in close games. That's a really good UVa team, for what it's worth.
I also just watched the highlights from the Minnesota/IU game, and every time I see Cody Zeller play I can't stop thinking what could have been if we had landed him. Even though IU lost, he's going to own the Big Ten for as long as he wants to stay in college. Of all the players for Roy to whiff on.
Last edited by Heel06; 01-12-2012 at 11:14 PM.
Right now, we have recently broken the longest home win streak in our history, which was 25 games. That is counting conference and non-conference games combined, and I can't find the consecutive non-conference and conference records for us. The only one I could find for Duke is their longest non-conference home win streak was 95 games from February 2, 1983–December 2, 1995, and is currently the longest in NCAA at 86 with the last non-conference home loss coming against St. John’s on Feb. 26, 2000 when the then #2 Blue Devils lost 82-83 against the unranked St. John's Red Storm.
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