Carolina/Duke could be another classic on Saturday

Before I even get started on this blog, I feel the need to get this off my chest about my personal feelings about Duke University in the most bias way possible. If you’re a duke fan, don’t get all pissy and upset what I’m about to say. If you’re in my family, I know you’re overreact hence why I’m going to say this simple fact about Duke.  If you know me personally, you’ll know I say this at least 15 times a year because to me, it’s the only way I can state my feelings about them.

Fuck Duke University. Fuck their floor slapping. Fuck their charges. Fuck Coach K (In all seriousness, I actually like K when he’s not coaching against Carolina), and most importantly, Fuck those nerds who jump and yell they call the Cameron Crazies. You know what’s funny about Duke? Well for one, they lost to Lehigh in the tournament last year. I know, I know Duke fans. You lost. But it’s still pretty funny that one of the most successful programs of all-time loses to a team that NOBODY heard of. If anything, you made them famous. Besides, Carolina lost to Weber State in 1999 in Seattle (I still get sick thinking about this game because it happened in my own backyard). It happens. Stop your whining and deal with the jokes.

The one thing that I’ve noticed is that whenever a Duke player makes a great play, they always seem to hug each other. Most teams chest bump, but at Duke, it’s more favorable to give a hug. If these players were hugging each other after winning, say the ACC Tournament, or winning the National Title, I’d understand it. But over one great play? That’s why folks invented the chest bump, fellas.

You’re better than that, K

The funny thing about my Duke slander is that it’s not really “slander.” About 85% of Duke fans that I know are actually dope and it’s a back and forth trash talk. In fact, my cousin Chauntelle is a Duke fan and we talk about Duke all the time (Well not all the time. But you get the picture). She knows how I feel about them, but at the same time, I don’t mind Duke winning games but that being said, I’m not saying I want them to prosper ever, because I don’t. But at the same time, I don’t really sit and root against them unless it happens to help Carolina out (See Duke’s loss against Virginia). Most people hate Duke because they win. I hate Duke because it’s a natural feeling coming because my team is their rival.

If you think about it, Duke has helped college basketball but ruined the way they play a bit.  Why do I say this? It has nothing to do with them winning. It has everything with the charge circle that was implemented in the college game a couple of years ago. Duke players used to sit and take charges underneath the basket. See: Greg Paulus.

 

Now that I’ve gotten that mini rant out the way, let’s talk about this game on Saturday.

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Pre-Thanksgiving recap:

AHHHHH.

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. The best time of the year due to football, basketball, and food. Thanksgiving is probably my favorite holiday (besides my birthday) because of the combination of all three of these things. As a hooper at heart, I can tell you that this week has been excellent. Well sort of.

I said last week that Carolina would lose in Maui on my facebook during the whole “fake outrage” stuff about what I said about Kentucky fans, which wasn’t even the point of my blog at all about Coach Cal and having his cop out for calling out Duke for flopping. But yes, Carolina lost in Maui, and well it wasn’t just a loss. They were embarrassed for about 27 minutes of his ballgame. I’m still stunned how Butler embarrassed my heels like that.

smfh

Butler was up 29 points at one point. 29. That’s not a typo, that’s a fact. I mean, credit Carolina for getting this down to 6 with like 1:30 left in the game, but you can’t go down 29 points in a game. You can’t start off a game flat, bored, and assuming a team will lay down for you because of what it says on the front of your jersey (I feel like I’ve written this so many times this year about the USC Trojans. Why won’t these teams come out of a game with effort, intensity, and be great for once? Let me relax before I become THAT fan that I’m not). Butler, granted is a great team with a great coach, but they weren’t 29 points better than Carolina. Their gameplan was excellent: be physical, make Carolina guard, and cut off the lane. As good as Carolina shoots from deep, you have to figure they won’t shoot well all the time. Pick your poison with them. Carolina’s best player James Michael McAdoo (JMM for short) played terrible. McAdoo seemed frustrated early, and just lost at times.  Reggie Bullock seemed passive, which isn’t good. Marcus Paige got tired quickly. Dexter Strickland is shooting too many jumpers, which is NOT his game, and Coach Roy gotta start the big boy in the middle in Joel James.  The silver lining is that this team fought back. It’s not like last year where most of them laid down and quit at Florida State. It started with PJ Hairston, who has seemly found himself this season. Hairston can hoop, and now I think he’s confident in himself now because he’s hitting jump shots. It started with defense, led by Brice Johnson, Leslie McDonald, and Hairston. It also started with them finally waking up and realizing that they are down 29 points. Hopefully these guys and coach Williams learn a valuable lesson: come with energy, and focus to begin the game, not in the last 13 minutes.

Notre Dame/USC this weekend. Notre Dame is #1 in the country and USC is unranked. If you had this back in August, I salute you. I figured Notre Dame would be good, but I didn’t figure this good. Freshman quarterback, great defense led by Manti Teo, and a coaching staff that has this program being relevant again. USC on the other hand………………..

SMH

Like I said on Saturday, this USC team is NOT a four loss team. If they lose this weekend, they aren’t even a five loss team. Coaching has been hilarious this season, and on Saturday, I’m curious to see what Kiffin will do. I have a lot of faith in Max Wittek though. A lot of faith. Max is 6’4, 245, and has a stronger arm than the homie of the blog, Matt Barkley. Put it like this, Max said this on ESPN Radio yesterday:

If he wants to air it out, let’s air it out,” Wittek said of Kiffin. “If he wants to pound it on the ground, let’s do that. I’m gonna go out there, I’m gonna play within myself, within the system, and we’re gonna win this ballgame.

Max Wittek has confidence, and I love it. Love love it. Wittek has nothing to lose, and is confident in himself, and this team. I expect Wittek to have a decent game, and having guys like Robert Woods and Marqise Lee should help out the cause. Notre Dame fans, here’s something you need to see:

Don’t let Max Wittek beat you. Please Notre Dame, don’t let it happen or you’ll be made fun of forever in this rivalry. You’re #1 in the land. Max’s first start. Don’t let Maxwell Wittek beat you down in the Coli. DONT LET IT HAPPEN.

Something random, some guy named Jack Taylor scored 138 points on 102 shots and 71 shots from three.

Yeah….. we aren’t celebrating that here.

Have a great thanksgiving, everyone.