Posts Tagged ‘duke unc’

Monday Medley

What we couldn’t read in English because apparently we’re all Ukrainian now…

Monday Medley

What we read while Adele gave acceptance speeches… 

Monday Medley

What we read while reading great cosmic significance into a Broncos game…

The Double Bonus: Episode 3

John S and Tim are back with another college basketball podcast (No, they haven’t given up on writing posts… yet), and it’s the longest and most action-packed podcast to date! Today they’re discussing how many BYU honor code violations they’ve committed, the Brandon Davies story (including this story on Deadspin), Duke’s Senior Night, St. John’s and Steve Lavin’s “lack of class,” and the upcoming Duke-UNC battle. If you click here you’re in for the ride of your life….

An Ode to Jon Scheyer

Saturday’s Duke-UNC game was the best Senior Night Cameron Indoor Stadium has seen in at least five years. And not just because the Blue Devils got their first home win against the Tar Heels since Tyler Hansbrough entered UNC, and not just because Duke got its most lopsided win in the last 45 years of the rivalry. Those were important, of course, but not as important as the last game in Cameron for Jon Scheyer, the best player to graduate Duke since J.J. Redick.

Scheyer’s career as a Dukie has been a turbulent one. His freshman year saw the embarrassing first-round loss to VCU, and his second year saw him lose his spot in the starting lineup. Midway through his junior year, he was asked to move to point guard, a position—as we were constantly reminded on every broadcast—that was not natural for him.

Most of all, though, Scheyer’s time at Duke, at this point, has become—fairly or not—recognized as Duke’s fall from the national stage. Scheyer saw the VCU loss, the near-upset to Belmont, the embarrassment to West Virginia, the blowout against Villanova, not to mention last year’s route at the hands of Clemson. And unlike Greg Paulus, a player also associated with (and probably more representative of) Duke’s “fall”, Scheyer was never part of a dominant Duke regular season team. In Scheyer’s four years, Duke has had the #1 ranking for a total of one week (and a winless one at that)—fewer than any four year player at Duke since before the days of Christian Laettner.

In many ways, Scheyer has become representative of Duke’s new perception: Unintimidating, but effective. Scheyer doesn’t wow fans with any one skill: He’s not the sharpshooter that Redick was; he doesn’t dunk like Gerald Henderson did; he doesn’t handle the ball as well as a lot of point guards, or blow by defenders off the dribble. But Scheyer has handled his role—whether it be shooting guard, sixth man, or starting point guard—with surprising aplomb. Continue reading

The Double Bonus: Go to Hell, Carolina

What an intense rivalry.

Well, John, the students in Chapel Hill are waking up to a newspaper decked out in Duke Blue (PANTONE 287 to be exact) this morning after that beatdown last night. How pumped are you that the Blue Devils did what only three other ACC teams have done this season and beaten Carolina at the Dean Dome?

There are two ways I could answer this, I suppose: First, there’s the “I don’t care if it’s a down year for them, it’s still UNC and it still feels great to beat them.” Or there’s the, “Oh God that was close! How was that a one-point game with 6 minutes left? Why does Duke have so much trouble with even the last place teams in the ACC on the road?” And even thought I’d LIKE to say I’m riding a high from beating the Tar Heels, my thoughts are more of the second school. That was a very nerve-wracking game, and when Duke finally pulled away, I mainly just felt relief. Continue reading