If you know anything about Duke basketball, you know that their coach, Coach K, runs a tight ship of normally mediocre-talent guys who play fundamental basketball and typically win because they simply outwork their opponent. Which is why their game last night was so tragic. They played terrible defense (constantly lunging for steals rather than staying in front of their man), missed wide open shots that they almost always make (Scheyer & Henderson were like 4 for 27), and, in general, didn't have nearly as much 'heart' as the Villanova's players played with. I had to shut the game off with about 3:00 remaining just to keep from throwing the remote through the tv...it was THAT bad!
I guess I have 8 months to get over this tragic loss, but I really do hope that Coach K works hard at finding a solid point guard, a dominant big man, and re-instills the fundamentals of defense, boxing out, and hard work...or next year might be just as disappointing.