Duke's shocking loss to Miami Wednesday night is not the end of the story.
No one knows what the Blue Devils will do with this 27-point defeat.
There are some interesting details that come out of such a beating.
ESPN Stats and Information provides two of the grisly facts surrounding this historic loss:
- Fact: This "tied for their sixth-worst loss since Mike Krzyzewski took over in 1980-81."
- Fact: This also "tied for their largest defeat since they lost to the UNLV Rebels by 30 points in the national title game in 1990."
In the hours since this debacle, Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski has begun processing this thrashing.
His staff has no doubt started to break down the breakdowns.
The players have individually and collectively been forced to digest this utter collapse.
But, Coach K, his assistants and the team will determine the short-term and long-term impact of this defeat.
When they all take the floor next at the Krzyzewski Center practice facility, they will begin to influence how and where they will go from here.
One of my favorite "life quotes" is "Life is 10 percent what happens to you and 90 percent how you react to it." - Charles Swindoll.
The degree that each and every one of them takes responsibility for their part in this one, single game will affect how they practice and prepare for the games ahead.
Rather than just feeling embarrassed by a blowout, the Blue Devils need to use this as a moment to learn and then respond by working hard and coming together as a team.
If they do this, they will recover.
However, if instead of being accountable, the coaches and players ignore this or use it as an opportunity to point fingers and lay blame on others, then this once-promising season could further deteriorate into a dismal slide into frustration and failure.
This loss will not define Duke's 2012-13 season—the team's reaction and actions will.
As a college hoops fan, I cannot wait to see how they respond.