Krazies’ Korner to Be Closed 2/13-2/15

I come to you with some unfortunate news: Krazies’ Korner will be closed from this Wednesday, February 13 until Friday, February 15. I will try to get some links and a score report on tonight’s matchup with Louisville if possible but unfortunately from there on, I will not have access to this platform whatsoever.

Bleed blue. Have a happy Valentines’ Day while I’m gone!

Coach K Near Heights Unseen by Anyone

Not one college basketball coach has won 1,123 games: not men’s, not women’s, not D-I, not D-II, and not even D-III. The record, as of now being 1,122, isn’t actually held by Coach K yet: Harry Statham, who retired last year from Division II’s McKendree University, just finished off a run of half a century. Coach K win “Kount” stands at 1,121– one behind Statham. Now, with a win tonight and a win at home vs. NC State would make Coach Mike Krzyzewski the winningest college coach of all time.

Not much more you can say there except “Wow”.

Bleed blue. Catch the Duke-Louisville game at 9pm tonight.

Duke @ Louisville Game Notes

After a hard-fought win in Charlottesville on Saturday, Duke will turn around for another very good team in another hostile atmosphere: #16 Louisville. The Cardinals, while plagued by the issues of their past, are very good this year as Chris Mack has turned around a program that looked like it may just fall off a cliff. It will be a difficult game and we need to bring the same intensity that we did against UVA.

Also, RJ and Cam are blazing hot. Just FYI.

Game Notes: Duke Blue Devils at Louisville Cardinals

Date: Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Time: 9:00pm ET

Venue: KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, KY

TV: ESPN

Radio: Blue Devil IMG Sports Network

Duke Completes Sweep of UVA, 81-71

I guarantee you that if you would’ve approached anybody with the slightest idea about college basketball before 7pm today saying that Duke would defeat Virginia in Charlottesville by shooting 61.9% from beyond the arc while being generally, while not completely, controlled in the paint, they probably would’ve said that you’re crazy. That’s the literally opposite of every other game. But it happened.

Duke pulled out the victory to complete a sweep of the Virginia Cavaliers at John Paul Jones Arena, 81-71. RJ Barrett had 26 points, Zion Williamson had 18, Cam Reddish had 17, and Tre Jones had 15 to lead the Blue Devils to victory. ESPN called it “[the] latest installment of ‘Freshmen Gone Wild'”, as the freshmen scored over 91% of the points that Duke scored in total (81). Oh, and by the way, yes, we did score 81. The Virginia game plan was visible from the start: suffocate the lane, force outside shots. It went perfectly, except for one little hitch: we couldn’t miss if we tried. RJ Barrett started it off with a really well placed three-pointer, Zion got a steal and a dunk, RJ sunk one from deep again and you could tell the direction that this one was going in.

UVA fought hard but every single time that they came within scratching distance, somebody made a big play that put out the fire. Duke had a consistent 10-to-12 point lead throughout the whole game except for the end of the first half when UVA cut it to 4, but other than that it was almost always a lead of eight or more. It wasn’t complete dominance, but it was in a way.

The two games that UVA has played against Duke have been night and day from their other opponents. In other games, opponents have averaged around 30% shooting field goals average and around 50 points. Duke has averaged around 50% and over 75 points. We have it figured out for the ‘Hoos, and Virginia cannot say the same about us.

You are likely to already have known about this play: Zion Williamson, despite a “quiet” night (not really, but he didn’t score 30), is all over SportsCenter again with this mind-boggling block.

This is not Photoshop.

How. The. Heck. Do. You. Do. That.

Especially when you’re 280 pounds!

Bleed blue. One down, but still, we have Louisville on Tuesday, State on Saturday, then the blue bloods meet in Cameron.

Duke Listed #1 Overall in Early Committee Release

As March approaches, the Selection Committee released the top 16 spots s they would be if the Madness were to begin today. The contest for the top spot was limited to between Duke and Tennessee and as well as the Volunteers have played of late (17-game win streak), based on what we suspect was probably the incredible number of high quality wins that Duke has picked up throughout the season (Virginia, Kentucky, Auburn, Texas Tech), Duke is currently #1 overall. That would put us in Washington, D.C, for the first round and the current bracket has Michigan the #2 seed in our bracket, as well as Marquette and Iowa State at #3 and #4, respectively.

This is likely to change but would be relatively good path for the Blue Devils. Rankings are hardly important in March, though, and the grit necessary will be something that Duke will need to learn very, very quickly.

Duke. Virginia. Now. Bleed blue.

Preview: The Rematch in Charlottesville

**UPDATE: Most sources have said that Ty Jerome will suit up for Virginia tonight; however, the likelihood that he will be 100% is low.**

The last time these two forces of the NCAA met, the questions mostly swirled on Duke’s side, while UVA remained relatively in balance. Tre Jones had just been injured and the Syracuse loss was hot on everybody’s minds as we’d looked lost without him. Duke, however, pulled out a close 72-70 win and the offense rolled smoothly with RJ Barrett at point guard. Virginia looked disoriented despite having all of its troops; the electric atmosphere created by the Cameron Crazies was sure to have been a factor.

Duke will try to recreate some of that, minus the Crazies, in Charlottesville tonight as we meet the Cavaliers again. Unfortunately, Virginia may also be short a point guard tonight as Ty Jerome is listed as day-to-day after being held out for a “sore back” against Miami last week. Many have said that his presence changes thngs a lot, and for the ‘Hoos, yes, they do. But people do forget that Duke handled a fully healthy UVA just a few weeks ago without our most impactful player on the court. UVA has not seen what Tre Jones does to a game and I think that will be a big factor tonight.

One thing has to hold true for the Blue Devils today: despite the fact that RJ and Zion have shown that they’re able to handle the pack-line, we need Cam Reddish and Jack White to shoot the three well and intelligently today. Not forcing up shots– goodness no, as that’s how Virginia suffocates people– but good shots.

There is, of course, the home court advantage for Virginia. It’s not that much of a difference as Duke thrives in these atmospheres, but at least the Wahoos won’t have to hear deafening screams about UMBC and Kyle Guy’s hair for 2 hours nonstop.

Game Notes: Duke Blue Devils at Virginia Cavaliers

Date: Saturday, February 2, 2019

Time: 6:00pm

Venue: John Paul Jones Arena, Charlottesville, VA

Video: ESPN

Radio: ESPN Radio, Blue Devil IMG Sports Network

Bleed blue. Let’s get hyped: watch this a bunch today.

Duke Cruises by Boston College, 80-55

Despite many struggles in the first half, Duke used its hot second half to cruise by BC in Cameron, 80-55. Cam Reddish had his best game with 24 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals, while Zion Williamson had a double-double with 16 points and 17 rebounds. RJ Barrett had 19 points, 5 rebounds, and a block.

The first half was “dead”, as Coach K put it. Put that together with a bad overall shooting half of the game at 1-15 from distance and you get a 2-point BC lead going into the half. A slight change in momentum, however– Cam’s steal and finish to end the half– seemed to make all the difference (as well as whatever Coach K is saying to them in the locker room). Cam came out immediately and hit a jumper to tie it, then RJ hit three free throws, and Cam hit a 3 and you could tell that it wouldn’t last much longer.

I’m not going to say too much on the missed Zion dunk because to be honest I don’t really care. He had one that looked like it’d be one for the ages and just didn’t land it quite correctly. He did, however, have a double-double. He helped the team win and that’s all that is important to me.

Bleed blue. The Duke-UVA rematch is upon us. You know that we’re good when Virginia basketball is an ESPN “Sonic Blockbuster”.