College Basketball

Christian Laettner Vents After No. 3 Duke Gets Upset by No. 14 Mercer

USA Today
Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistMarch 21, 2014

Friday wasn't a great day to be a Duke fan, student or alum, and Blue Devils legend Christian Laettner wasn't afraid to let his feelings known after his school was upset by Mercer in the second round of the 2014 NCAA tournament.

Laettner was part of arguably the most iconic play in the history of the NCAA tournament, but his Blue Devils will be on the wrong side of the highlight reels this year.

The Duke legend didn't get to see the game, so he was shocked when he saw that his team suffered a 78-71 loss in the second round: 

Even though he didn't get to see the contest, Laettner had a pretty good feeling as to what went wrong against Mercer:

The Blue Devils made 15 of their 37 three-point attempts against the Bears, but they made only seven of 25 shots from inside the arc. It's tough to comprehend how they had so many more three-pointers than two-pointers considering they hauled in 16 offensive rebounds.

Laettner summed up his feelings with one final tweet:


Duke finished the year at 26-9, but a stunning loss to Mercer has sent the Blue Devils home earlier than they had hoped. This is a program that has a storied past, and one of the most iconic players in the school's history didn't sound too thrilled with how the team's season ended. 

[Christian Laettner, h/t CollegeBasketballTalk]

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