Over the years, Coach K has bestowed us with many gifts of unintended laughter. In recognition of the holidays, he gifted us again.
After losing to a Michigan squad they throttled just a few weeks earlier on a neutral court, Coach K decided to bench his starters in a pivotal intrastate tussle last night against Big South powerhouse UNC-Asheville.
In the Michigan game, Duke hoisted 33 from long-range and hit only 7. They only got to the free throw line a grand total of six times.
In last night's game, Duke shot 27 from behind the arc and shot 19 free throws against a far-inferior opponent (to Michigan).
If Duke cuts down the nets in Detroit, count this moment as a turning point. Being that they will not do this, count this as another hilarious PR move by Coach K. Congratulations, you made it onto SportsCenter!
The takeaway message is that Duke settles for too many deep shots, even when they are facing personnel who they can push around on the interior. This behavior is why Duke fails to hold seed in the NCAA Tournament on a perennial basis.
Duke faces Xavier on Saturday in its annual home game played in East Rutherford, New Jersey.