So Luke Kennard’s Gone… What’s Next for Duke?

Luke Kennard. Number five. This season’s breakout star. Luk3. Kennard has left for the draft, and he’s not coming back. He’s getting an agent. There will be no dropping out after getting in practices with NBA teams. Luke’s gone. And it’s the smartest thing he’s ever done. I know, as a fan of Duke you’d expect me to be pissed that he’s leaving. However, any real fan would be thrilled. He’s setting himself up for success. He’s not making the same mistake Grayson made last year. In this day and age, where one and dones are glamorous, your stock drops every second you get older. Kennard will find a nice team, hopefully one that needs a shooter, and he’ll find his place. I could see him bypassing the D-League and jumping straight into being an off the bench, few minutes a game player.

So what’s next? One of two things.

Grayson Allen stays. Luke really stole his thunder this season (ignoring the fact that they’re a team and there are no names attached to their buckets, just Duke), so Grayson will have one more chance at redemption. He’ll be able to play his true position, shooting guard, which will give him more shots. Grayson will have a great season, but he won’t be player of the year or anything. And when the draft comes along, he’ll still be in the late first early second pick. So would it really be worth it?

Grayson Allen leaves. He cannot risk having another poor performing season filled with boos, trips, and benches. He would go in the second round. If he’s lucky, the team will see his hard work and dedication in practices, giving him a minimal role that could eventually get bigger as his skills improve. Or, Grayson could get sent to the D-League to improve his game. Grayson is no D-League player. It wouldn’t suit him at all, and it might ruin him to the point of no return.

Grayson has a tough decision. Either way, only fate can decide rather he makes it or crashes and burns. Luke’s decision definitely weighs on him. On one hand, it opens the door for his success at Duke. On the other, Luke just passed him on the Due totum pole. What a wake up call, from ACC player of the year to back up player in the Kennard Show. Best of luck to G, either way.


(Video) March Madness Upsets

Watch this it’s worth it.

Apologies to UNC, we know they got a surprising first round win but we ran out of time to fit them in this video.

March Madness Update

So Duke hasn’t played yet (insert your boos here), but here’s a recap of the games so far.

UVA Tops UNC Wilmington

I don’t get why everyone was so surprised to be honest. While UVA struggles, they still are a solid team with talent on the floor and on the bench. UNC Wilmington was beating Duke at halftime last year. This is where people get overhyped about them. However, I watched the game last year, and I can guarantee Duke was not playing that well and was conserving energy with their small, six man team. They were never going to lose that game. But I will give them credit, they are a solid twelve seed team. And the game was close.

Florida Beats ETSU

Ahhh, the upset to the upset. A lot of people expected all Florida teams to be eliminated in round one. However, they just weren’t skilled enough. ETSU really cannot make shots. They missed their drives and their close up shots from rebounds. It was unacceptable. If they wanted to win, ETSU needed some threes. Florida is good at defending the rim. They are similar to UNC in the sense that Florida can only be beaten behind the arc. They are warriors in the paint. Seeing ETSU lose was downright disappointing, especially after Florida pulled their classless “potty shot” free throw stunt. What trash. Can’t wait for them to get eliminated next round.

Gonzaga Skrts South Dakota St.

I know we’re all thinking the same thing… Gonzaga, what the f***. They were down the whole first half and I saw my bracket’s life flash before my very eyes. I’m guessing they were just chilling and saving their energy for future rounds. They got it together by the end, so I wouldn’t worry if you have them going far.


Virginia right now: “Yeah we lost to a team that’s never been here before, don’t @ us.”

This is some dope history we’re witnessing. Northwestern just dove into March Madness, and proved to the world they’ll be back. How cute is it that they’ll be able to say they got their first tournament will when they go home after next game! I’m excited for them. Vanderbuilt just wasn’t good enough, end of story. Their energy, their talent, and their intensity was no match for Northwestern’s. I was also watching a life stream on my phone during class, so maybe they had stretches of good and bad.

Notre Dame Proves They Suck (But Not as Bad as Princeton)

I don’t know what I expected. I really don’t. I needed Notre Dame to win for my bracket, and they barely were able to pull it off. Now I know they have no real talent, but still, it’s Princeton! Princeton. An Ivy League. Cmon now. Two points, really? I know I shouldn’t be surprised, but I honestly thought they were better. I guess this is what I get for calling a one a two.

West Virginia’s Still Irrelevant

Who cares about West Virgina? They were good like thirty years ago (way before my time), but you never hear about them now. But, regardless, they won. Another pointless mash-up guessed wrong. But that’s March Madness for you. Yeet.

Mid Tennessee Saves Everyone’s Brackets

Thank you MT. All faith in upsets is restored. Now here’s the twelve five mash-up everyone wanted. And Tennessee rocked it. They played with so much heart, never did I ever think Minnesota was winning. As soon as their good player went to the bench, it was all MT all day (second half). Impressive.

Butler Tops Winthrop

Not much to say here. Standard outcome. I have Butler destroying Mid Tennessee the Eighteenth and then ultimately losing to the most illiterate team in the tournament. Best of luck, may the odds be ever in their favor.

Duke plays tomorrow at 7:20. And March Madness is the best holiday. It’s the most wonderful time of the year/

Notre Dame is Notre Dame, never forget that.

March Madness

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… at least if you’re a fan of college basketball. It’s a time of celebration, heartbreak, journey, Cinderella Stories, and lots of “dancing.” Small schools come out of no where and make it to the Sweet Sixteen. It’s a time where good always triumphs evil, and big players make big plays that change their entire careers. Now I don’t want to give away my bracket until it’s submitted, but I do want to talk about some important NCAA memories.

Fifty Shades of Grayson:

Back in 2015, Grayson Allen when from playing five minutes a game to scoring a record breaking 24 point off the bench during the finals. The game before that, Grayson went viral for his huge dunk he made off the rebound of his missed three. The tournament changed his entire life. It’s the reason why last season was completely set up around Grayson as Duke’s star. It’s why he could get drafted (if teams don’t mind a little controversy). He hustled, he made shots, and he drove the ball better than any other player on the court. He’s a fine example of what amazing things can happen during the tournament.

Beating Baylor:

Remember when the entire nation thought Duke wasn’t gonna make it to see the Sweet 16?  Yeah, so do I. Funny. If you want to be successful in March Madness, never forget this: Duke is NEVER the underdog. They were underestimated by the public, making the win so much better. Great things happen in March. I can only hope this happens with Villanova and Duke again this year. Don’t sleep on the Blue Devils. They make it work.

UNC players have to look at their jerseys when people ask them what college they go to, never forget that.

Duke’s Cinderella Story

… We’re ACC Tournament Champs. Wow. What happened? Duke came back from deficit in their four wins in order to secure an ACC title. There was a point in the Notre Dame game where I almost changed the channel. Duke was getting destroyed with steals to fast breaks to layups. I was already drafting a bitter roast article where I’d compare Vasturia’s face to the face of a child who stole a cookie from the cookie jar when their mommy wasn’t looking. But there’s no need for that now, since Duke came back. So let’s talk.

Seeing Matt Jones make that huge three in the end to secure the win was unbelievable. I was beyond thrilled, and so was everyone in that stadium. It’s never Matt. Matt never gets the big plays. No one passes it to Matt to make the big shot. Usually, Matt’s on the bench by the end. But he got it this time. What a great senior moment. You can’t help but flash back to all of the great but unspoken things Matt has done for this team. He’s been a leader since sophomore year, not by play but by attitude. Matt is the grounding spirit of the team, and always has wise words to give to his teammates. He also stepped up sophomore year after Rasheed Sulaimon was booted out. Matt’s the gravity that holds the team together, and it was nice to see him get to be the big star for once.

Duke may have clinched a one seed in the NCAA tournament. It’s unheard of, but many sources see it as a legitimate possibility. They’ve beaten UNC two out of three times. They’re also title holders in the ACC. Duke’s showing promise, and there’s no doubt that the NCAA has taken note of that. Duke’s stock is soaring after the last four games. They are shaking up college basketball. Duke could be the first eight loss team to earn a No. 1 seed. Success is looking inevitable for the Blue Devils.

However, did Duke’s conference win ruin their chances for the National Title? Let’s look back at the curse of the conference over the years. Last year, it was UNC vs Villanova in the finals. UNC was the ACC tournament champion, while Villanova had lost to Seton Hall in the Big East tournament. Villanova ended up winning. And the year before that, it was Duke vs Wisconsin in the NCAA championship. Duke had lost to Notre Dame in the ACC semifinals, while Wisconsin had won the Big Ten tournament. It’s basically a curse. If you win your conference, you don’t win the national title. However, Duke’s been breaking records and standards all season. I wouldn’t put an NCAA championship out of the question for them.

Notre Dame aka the leprechauns wore the same jerseys two times in a row for good luck and still lost, never forget that.

Don’t Sleep On Duke

If I’ve learned anything in all my years of watching basketball, it’s that Duke is never the underdog. Never switch the program when Duke is down. Don’t doubt Coach K. And never, and I mean never, assume Grayson Allen lost his talent. Tonight’s game against UNC proved a lot about Duke’s grit, intentions, talent, and determination. They went from being down eleven most of the game to being up eleven. I’m still not sure what all happened, but I am sure that Grayson was a huge part of it. If he wasn’t making a huge three, he was making a huge assist. He doesn’t change the play, he changes the game. No one can hate on him now. Now I could hate only UNC for the rest of this, but I think there playing spoke for itself. I will say, though, Roy Williams babies his players too much. They quite literally pout and cry when they get behind. UNC can’t pick themselves up from a deficit, since Roy has allowed them to become privileged and sheltered. That’s all I’m gonna say. So back to Duke. Winning tomorrow would be tough. In fact, no team has won four straight games to grab the ACC title before (maybe out any conference, don’t quote me though). All I know is, here are some things to for tomorrow:

Fatigue. Duke’s three tiresome games in a row. It’s gonna be a fight to the finish. Shots will be missed, lazy fouls will be called, and Duke will get beat to the rim. Duke plays like 7 people, and that includes Matt Jones. The Blue Devils are going to have to dig deep to find some energy. Their legs will be burning.

Notre Dame? The Irish are my pick for the finals, despite the fact that they have no discernible talent. There bigs will give Duke’s small and weak posts trouble. However, when it comes to the perimeter, anything they can do Duke can do better. Their coach may look like a Father Leprechaun, ready to cast a spell on the opposing team, but I’m not too threatened by the Irish. It’s also to Duke’s favor that the Irish have had two late games.

So let’s get that dub.

Roy Williams puts his deepest bench players in when he’s about to lose so the starters don’t take have to take responsibility for their failures, never forget that.