Lived all over the south. Went to Duke in 1979 and got degree in ecology. Traveled to Australia and New Zealand before returning to Duke for graduate school in forestry. Been a consulting forester for 25 years and work (part-time) for Albemarle County (VA) placing conservation easements on farmland. When I was a freshman, Duke b-ball had been a perennial celler dweller. Four years later, we went to the National Championship game against Kentucky. This ushered in the rebirth of Duke basketball. Basketball is a vital part of the Duke experience - its unites the school and its students like nothing else.
Thanks for being a regular contributor in the comments sections of my Duke articles. I appreciate your willingness to share your thoughts and perspective!
Hey, Ches! Sorry I'm just getting back to you. No, I won't be doing a piece on the UVA game. It was a mess. The defense played well for about 15-20 seconds, but the Hoos would always catch them sleeping after that.
The offense was good at times, but the guys have a tendency to put up desperation threes when they don't need to. They tried to kill every UVA run with a three, and that's when they don't fall.
In all honesty, it was pretty much the same stuff over and over again. This time, it was against one of the best defenses and slowest-tempo teams in the nation. When UVA has the ball for 30 seconds, then the opposing team takes 5 seconds for a bad shot, it plays right into the Cavs' hands.
The guys were just asleep out there, Ches.
And as far as UNC fans are concerned, I've been kind of surprised, myself. I don't know if it was always like this, but this job has made me realize how quickly some turn. I can't blame anyone for being frustrated—I am, too—but it's way too early to go nuts... or talk about the NIT.