Duke Basketball

Duke-Baylor: ESPN's Stuart Scott Makes Absurd Assertion

HOUSTON - MARCH 28: Lance Thomas #42 of the Duke Dlue Devils pulls down a rebound in front of A.J. Walton #22 of the Baylor Bears during the south regional final of the 2010 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Reliant Stadium on March 28, 2010 in Houston, Texas. Duke defeated Baylor 78-71. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Ted SillanpaaAnalyst IMarch 29, 2010

There are some things we can count on after all.

Duke’s back in the men’s Final Four.

ESPN had a North Carolina grad anchoring Sunday’s prime-time SportsCenter and telling the country that the Blue Devils beat a stout Baylor team, 78-71, on a questionable call that went Duke’s way.

If Stuart Scott’s willing to stretch to get conspiracy theorists thinking about one isolated call instead of how well Duke played late to beat a Cinderella Baylor team that performed brilliantly…somebody should pull the plug on him.

Actually, Baylor played as well as a team can play in the biggest spotlight through the middle portion of the regional semifinal semifinal.

Duke shredded the Bears zone early, then Baylor got physical and quicker than quick and … only a string of Blue Devils free throws early in the second half got the game back to even after a late first-half spurt left Baylor looking like it was headed to Indianapolis.

Somehow, though, Stuart Scott presented the turning point of the game this way on Sunday night:

“The key play in the game, with Baylor up 59-57 – a questionable offensive charge on Baylor. If...."

...Here's what actually happened down the stretch...


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