The Shot That Ended Duke's Season

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Been away for a long while but didn't know where else to get something off my chest...

I first want to say that I am one of the few that like both Duke and UNC. I am a fan of coaches and programs. Give me Coach K or Roy over a questionable Calhoon or Calipari. That said...what a game...but it just cost Duke its NCAA season. The problem...Austin Rivers.

Forget every sportscaster blowing smoke up Austin's, Doc's and Coach K's behind...this kid is too selfish for Duke, Coach K, and any team wanting to play that third weekend. Austin Rivers has not met a shot he didn't like or should I say...didn't take. 7 foot Zeller should have stepped out on him in the last 5 sec tonight and the outcome would have been different.

Austin's problem is that he will get the ball in the half court set and over 70% of the time, when the ball leaves his hands, it is a shot vs a pass. A very NBA mentality (which is why he is a one and done). My problem with this is that Coach K allows it and does nothing to curtail it. I am a little disappointed in Coach K that this is still happening this late in the season. Does he think that Austin is a one and done, so, screw it, let;'s get what ever we can out of him???

I love college basketball. Hate the NBA. Don't want to see the NBA game leak into the NCAA. Love that Butler has shown that TEAM is greater than one dominate player in the past few years.

For those of you who are looking for an edge on betting games, Duke will get through their first two games...maybe on great games by Rivers. I do not see them winning past the second weekends Thurs/Fri game. No chance at Final Four. They will rely on Rivers and he will be able to produce the first couple rounds vs lesser teams. Once you get to 16 teams left...there will be a defender that will be able to shut him down...only Austin wont be able to tell. But he will still put up bad shot after bad shot and bury the Blue Devils in the round of 16.

OK...done ranting....
 

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You know, i'm a die hard Blue Devils fan. After someone hits a game winner at the buzzer, you never usually hear "negatives" about a player/team. I've seen Austin Rivers play at the McDonalds HS All American game, wasn't very impressed....but then again, this is like an All-Star game. I have pretty much seen every Duke game this year. I think he's a little lazy (but most freshmen are kinda lazy) on the defensive end. This is where i critique him the most. I'm not sure how far they'll get in the tourney, but i hope for them to WIN IT ALL every single year......on that note, GO DUKIES!!!!!!!!!
 

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Although Austin did come out before the game and say............"I WILL MAKE AN IMPACT IN THIS GAME!!"

That's some confidence for a youngster like him........he can only grow and get better. It's hard to just evaluate him after 20 games.
 

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You may not like it, but Rivers was a monster last night. You have to score to beat UNC. Who else was going to take those shots? Kid is cold blooded. I want guys like that on my team.
 

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You may not like it, but Rivers was a monster last night. You have to score to beat UNC. Who else was going to take those shots? Kid is cold blooded. I want guys like that on my team.

ya i think he can get better though
but thats big freshmen yr to go into unc and hit that shot
that means he has balls, you know?
 

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Agreed.....Not surprising since he's grown up watching NBA players and studying their games.
 

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