Duke Basketball: Regardless of Latest Setback, Blue Devils Will Bounce Back
Now that No. 1 Duke lost a game on the NCAA hardwood this season, ESPN analysts and all the other guys looking for an angle on a story can shutup about the Blue Devils going an entire season undefeated.
Not losing an entire game throughout and entire basketball season, especially in the hoops haven that is the Atlantic Coast Conference, is damn near impossible.
And don’t start talking about the Connecticut women.
Let’s get one thing out of the way right here and now: men’s and women’s NCAA basketball are two completely different sports, and should be viewed the same way.
Honestly, why does the NCAA lump men’s and women’s college basketball records into one giant category as if it were one and the same?
That’s not a slam against women’s basketball by any means; we don’t compare college baseball and softball stats and records do we?
Trust me when I say that coach Mike Krzyzewski and his always-changing, always-in-the-hunt Blue Devils will and are still one of the best teams in the nation.
Face them in March, and you’ll be heading back home before you know it.
In the same breath, watch out for Florida State this season as well.
I hate to admit it, but the Seminoles have already pulled out some pretty big wins this year—with key victories over both the Baylor Bears and Duke Blue Devils in the past month—and appear to be bracket-bound, regardless of it only being mid-January.
Regardless of how strong and solid Florida State will be down the stretch this season, I can guarantee you that Duke will bounce back.
Coach K can likely now breathe a sigh of relief after the Blue Devils’ latest setback as well, using the loss as both a learning tool and inspiration for his young and talented team as the season wears on.
Sure, Duke will drop a few notches in the rankings after Wednesday night’s road loss.
But the path to March Madness is a long and windy road, and I really won’t be surprised if the Blue Devils own one of the four No. 1 seeds as the race to Reliant Stadium’s Final Four has truly already begun…
Denton Ramsey may be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org