Duke’s blowout loss, 90-63, to Miami was unequivocally the worst effort by a Duke Blue Devils team I have ever seen.
Forget the preposterously bad shooting and historically lopsided margin of defeat, those things can sometimes happen to even the best of teams. But when the game opened with Duke missing some wide-open shots and Miami scoring on nearly every attempt they threw up, the Blue Devils laid down like dogs and quit.
Ryan Kelly’s absence explains the increased reliance on inexperienced players and the decrease in offensive proficiency, but it does not explain the Blue Devils’ utter lack of effort against Miami.
I’d be surprised if coach Mike Krzyzewski and his staff let the players practice in jerseys that say “Duke” on them after that thoroughly embarrassing performance. Whatever motivation or punishment he employs, hopefully, it will work because the idea of handing out player grades to anyone on Duke’s roster higher than an "F" is farcical.
But since I, unlike some people, don’t quit in the face of adversity, let’s delve into diagramming the catastrophe.