Duke basketball players have the chance to change the narrative around the team
Duke basketball players have a chance to change the narrative around the team.
Each team is remembered for something that happens during the season. Unfortunately for Duke basketball players, that something happened on Saturday night.
After the Blue Devils lost to rival North Carolina in the last home game under head coach Mike Krzyzewskithis Duke team will be known as the one that lost Coach K’s last game at Cameron Indoor Stadium to the Tar Heels archives.
Krzyzewski told the crowd after the loss that the performance was “unacceptable” but that “the season has been very acceptable”.
Of course, that could be true because the regular season, despite Saturday, was a success. But that doesn’t mean much.
Duke is playing for postseason championships, not regular season championships.
This batch of Blue Devils must play with this recognition, and they have the opportunity. Unless Duke wins the ACC and/or the NCAA Tournament, this team will be remembered for losing on Saturday.
He won’t be remembered for potentially having five first-round NBA draft picks on his roster.
He won’t be remembered for having ACC Freshman and ACC Defensive Player of the Year on his roster.
He won’t even be remembered for winning by 20 points in the Dean Dome earlier in the season or other wins over Kentucky and Gonzaga.
This team will be remembered for losing 94-81 in the last home game of Mike Krzyzewski’s career in North Carolina.
Duke’s basketball fate isn’t solely in his control
The sting of Mike Krzyzewski losing his last game at home to North Carolina would be greatly lessened if the Blue Devils held the table for the rest of the season, but there is a scenario in which no one remembers the events of Saturday at all. .
There’s a strong possibility that Duke and North Carolina will meet in Brooklyn, New York for the ACC Tournament Championship on Saturday night, a week after the Tar Heels ruined the special night in Durham.
A victory in this match and almost all is forgiven.
An NCAA Tournament Championship and this team is known as an iconic Duke team.
If the top seeds advance, North Carolina’s path to the ACC Tournament Championship would include Virginia Tech and Notre Dame.
Duke’s path would include Florida State and Miami (FL).
There’s plenty of basketball left to play, but the Blue Devils have a chance to change the narrative around this year’s edition of the team.
The story is not over yet.