TWO DUKIES PICK THE ACC
Volume X, Number X – December 9, 2006
Welcome to this edition of the tenth (it's crossed the line from generating wan smiles to causing outright grimaces of pain), yes, we said tenth, season of Two Dukies Pick the ACC. Rob and Matt invite you to sit back, don't party too hardy in the Detroit suburbs, realize that statistically, you really are safer on the plane than during the float ride to the airport, and grab the Folarin! We have some thoughts below. Sorry.
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Matt's comments in blue.
Rob Mac K's selection in green.
GEORGE MASON (4-3, 0-0 Colonial) @ #7 DUKE (8-1, 0-0)
Enhhhhhhhhhhhhh. That was NOT the Hump Day basketball game, nor the droids, that I was looking for. Best just to go about our business and move along after that outing, but of course, I am compelled to analyze it. First, I should have known that Duke was in for some troubs when I decided to take in the game at the same P.F. Chang's where I (for some reason) watched last year's season-ender against the New Orleans/Oklahoma City/Council Bluffs/Springfield Hornets. Bad idea, son! Incidentally, does ESPN really have to use "NOK" as the ticker abbreviation for the real Hornets? I actually thought that the Lakers were taking on North Korea.
Anyway, the only thing worse than Duke's first half against Georgetown was its first half against Holy Cross. Naturally, Len Elmore was on hand to police the officiating, which made sure to hose Maryland-College Park and prevent the tracking of blocked shots as an official statistic, in addition to awarding Duke at least 13 points in the final tally. But even Lethargic Len couldn't stop the Duke second half juggernaut, which poured in over 30 large and made sure, as is this team's wont, that the other team looked even worse on offense. Weird game - - I think I'd rather become a paid salesman for the Hoodia plant than check out the archived copy of my TiVo, especially given that I'd have to relive Luckless Len's impartial commentary.
This week, I discovered that there is a Syracuse fan in my office. Oh, boy! Nothing wrong with this, but this is one of THOSE Syracuse fans - - the kind who roots for Holy Cross against Duke because, well, Duke gets all the calls. I'm sure the fact that the Orange only beat the Crusaders by eight at home had nothing to do with his agita. Anyway, as I will now receive up-to-the-minute updates on the offensive prowess of Eric Devendorf, I'll pass anything of relevance along. At least this guy hates the Tools too.
Jamal - - we never knew ye. So, not to speak out of school here, but why do we recruit these guys exactly? Boykin seemed content in the knowledge that he would not make a big impact, and then, poof - - he's gone faster than Keyser Soze. Isn't the Out Of Duke Transfer Highway getting a little too much use? It just makes me wonder what is said to these kids behind closed doors to drive them to such insane extremes, like going to play for Consultant Herb - - in the blazing desert. Hm. Perhaps homesickness is an element, too - - would it kill us to recruit SOME PLAYERS FROM THE STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA? Just asking. Well, I thought Boykin showed promise in the areas of hustle and had a good attitude, but I guess that wasn't enough, and he didn't feel like benchriding for four more seasons after the monoredshirt got approved. I wish him well. Perhaps the five and six-man recruiting classes are not a good idea anymore.
Before delving into my massive preparation for this edition, I naively assumed that Mason had lost everyone from last season's squad, but actually, 6-4 junior swing Folarin Campbell, 6-7 junior power forward Will Thomas, and 6-5 senior Gabe Norwood return to give Larranaga some firepower, and juco imports Dre Smith, a 6-0 sophomore (Huh? I think I missed an eligibility rule change), and Darryl Monroe, a 6-7 junior, have stepped in following the departures of Dale Carnegie instructor Tony Skinn, Jai Lewis, and Lamar Butler. 6-3 sophomore John Vaughn, who missed last season with an injury, has also filled the void, averaging 14.7 ppg, second only to Campbell's team-high 16.3.
The good news is the usual: there's no one over 6-7 on the GMU roster, the Pats' ballhandling blows, they shoot .458/.667/.311 to generate a mere 62.9 ppg, and they've lost to Wichita State (no shame there), Creighton and Bucknell. Mason is coming off of a two-point comeback nipping of Radford off of I-81 (Larranaga travels, K!), and that game served to emphasize that outside of Campbell, Vaughn, and Thomas, there isn't a whole lot of offensive firepower in green and gold this season. Hey - - Duke can relate.
I'm assuming that the Blue Devils' suffocating defense will swarm the Patriots' three-headed attack and limit GMU scoring opportunities, but it sure would be nice to see some offensive improvements, from hanging on to the damn ball (Dave? Lance?) to executing something, anything, in the halfcourt set. The ACC season is screaming "9-7" at me right now.
Duke 74, George Mason 59.
Duke 71, George Mason 54.
Last Edition: Rob 1-0 (1.000) Matt 1-0 (1.000) Guests 0-0 (0.000) This Season: Rob 8-1 (0.889) Matt 8-1 (0.889) Guests 1-0 (1.000) TD in Guest Editions 2-0 (1.000)