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03-06-2012 09:13 PM #1
This is usually the Duke Invitational but this year, UNC should win it.
Duke announced today that Ryan Kelly is out of the ACCT with a sprained ankle/foot.
Big loss for Duke for many different reasons.
03-06-2012 09:39 PM #2
This used to be my favorite weekend of the year.
One year in high school, our substitute teacher wheeled in a tv so we could watch Friday's games. My best friend's parents would always go to the tournament, so we'd have parties at his house and watch the games.
I just never got into the expansion. I loved the 8 team format and was cool with the one Thursday 8-9 play-in game.
03-06-2012 09:48 PM #3
03-06-2012 10:30 PM #4Plus Member Since 09/03 Hall of Fame
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Ooh, that loss of Kelly probably dooms Duke this weekend.
03-06-2012 10:54 PM #5
Looking forward to this tournament, for obvious reasons. "The Epic" and I were talking today, and he's worried about a Virginia matchup as far as Carolina is concerned.
Of course, I'd like to see a CArolina/Duke final on Sunday. I agree with the sentiment above about the 8 or 9 team tourney in the old days.
03-06-2012 11:05 PM #6
Also going along with the history is the fact that this week UVa announced Sene and Brogdon are both done for the season, so the 7-man rotation will be all Tony Bennett has.
I'm terrified that they will lose to NC State (or even worse, BC) and somehow miss the NCAA's.
03-06-2012 11:07 PM #7
03-06-2012 11:12 PM #8
And I would feel much better if we had won at least ONE of the games we played against the big boys of the ACC this year (4 of 5 were one possession games, only at UNC wasn't close). Luckily the bubble is awful this year so we should be OK.
If we are EVER getting to a Saturday at the ACC Tourney, this should be the year. The lack of depth just terrifies me. I mean, if Scott gets in foul trouble, we could lose to ANYONE. But still, NC State isn't that good, and the tournament isn't in Carolina so they shouldn't have a big fan advantage.
I thought for sure we would make it as the 2-seed in '07 with Singletary and Reynolds, especially when State beat Duke in the 1st Round. We had a double digit lead at the half, but then Brandon Costner went nuts and knocked us out.
03-06-2012 11:15 PM #9
Me too, I don't post anywhere except in the hoops section nowadays.
Good points on the depth, but I'll tell you what, Bennett is terrific, and I'd have voted for him for coach of the year.
I remember that game, Singeltary & Reynolds, man, that was a damn good backcourt.
Hope for the best, see you Saturday in the semis.
03-07-2012 12:25 PM #10
The guy who MUST step up for them is Dawkins but he is too inconsistent and too big of a wuss to do it IMO.
03-07-2012 06:05 PM #11
You really think that Ryan Kelly could be make-or-break for a game against FSU? Like...really? Dude doesn't really -play- tall, it seems, so it's not like he'll completely devour the inside game. From a shooting standpoint, maybe, but it's been the story all season; make a lot of threes, you'll be good. If Rivers/Curry/Dawkins/Thornton aren't hot or ARE hot, it won't matter either way.
03-07-2012 06:56 PM #12Plus Member Since 09/03 Hall of Fame
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The other thing is, if Duke wins against FSU they have no depth inside to face UNC. The one reason I thought Duke might be able to compete with UNC on Sunday is that they are a little deeper and might have fresher legs in a third consecutive game. That went out the window with Kelly out. By the way, Kelly had a terrible game against UNC last weekend and they would have needed a good game from him this time to have a chance to win, IMO.
03-07-2012 08:16 PM #13
1) He still gives them size and guards some of the bigs down low.
2) One of their best FT shooters.
3) He can score 20 on any given night.
4) One of the smarter players on the team.
5) Big guy who can handle the ball and help against presses.
6) 3rd big guy on a team where the first 2 are injury prone....against a team with a lot of size and length.
So yea, he is a big time loss for Duke.
03-08-2012 09:30 PM #14
Expansion really has hurt this league, and it really shows with the crowd on this first day..Granted, teams like Wake & BC are just atrocious which lead to two blowouts this afternoon, but back in the day, the ACC tourney was always packed.
03-08-2012 10:01 PM #15