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Duke Upset Saturday

By hagrin - Posted on 05 August 2006

Today, fans saw all three unbeaten Men's NCAA basketball teams lose close games on the road which really shows the power of the home court, the unpredictability of college players and the balance that does exist at the Division I level of college basketball.

Duke, after being down big at the half, fought back to make their game close against Georgetown. However, too many mistakes in the final 4 minutes cost the Blue Devils their perfect season. We finally saw a crack in the Duke armor today especially since they have a feshman point guard running the show. ESPN, on the last play, spot shadows Redick; however, Lee Melchionni sprints unguarded further down the court than Redick, but Paulus fails to see him. Shelden Williams decided not to show up today, but with Josh McRoberts only getting 13 minutes of playing time, the load inside really is too much for one man. The two other big guys, McRoberts and Boykins in limited playing time, were perfect from the field and scored 7 points to Williams' 4. Coach K really only went 5 or 6 deep today and it cost him greatly. With all his starters sans JJ having 4 fouls, what did he expect for defensive intensity? Why allow Paulus to make mistakes at the point guard position, yet leave fellow freshman Josh McRoberts in the Coach K dog house stagnant? This game clearly shows that if Duke wants to make any type of run in the NCAA tournament, they need a healthy Demarcus Nelson to add a defensive presence and rebounding.

If Paulus continues to run the point this year, Duke will remain a flawed team due to Paulus' freshman status.