Why I won’t root for Duke

It happens every year here in North Carolina..one of our teams makes a deep run in the tournament and the rest of us have a decision. Do we root for the team we hate or do we root against them? Personally, I will never cheer for rivals and it all comes down to bragging rights.

This year all 3 Tobacco Road teams made the sweet 16 and everyone hoped their team would win and advance farther than the others. UNC and NC State both dropped their sweet 16 games and we all know where Duke ended up. I, along with many other NC State fans I know, am rooting for Wisconsin tonight, and not just because Russell Wilson went there (for grad school mind you). 

Neutral parties question this all the time. “You should cheer for them,” they say, “they’re representing your state.” A Duke win tonight would indeed be better for the state and the conference as a whole, but I can’t stand the thought of Duke winning it all. You see, college basketball isn’t just a sport to us in NC, it’s a religion. We all belong to our favorite school and we tend to do a lot of talking throughout the summer. If Duke wins the National Championship tonight, UNC and NC State fans, like myself, will have to endure another year of hearing how many titles the Blue Devils have and how many wins wins Coach K has. 

While I’d love see another title brought home to North Carolina, the incessant smack talk and gloating is a bit more than I’d like to endure for another summer. I wish both teams the best of luck tonight, but with the utmost respect for Duke, I must say…On Wisconsin!

Gross Misconduct Wins Confidential Tourney Bracket Contest/Prize!

Although there is one more game to play, Gross Misconduct has an insurmountable lead and will win the contest.  If Wisconsin wins tonight, he will get 21 more points.  If Duke wins, the entrants with Duke winning cannot catch him.  So congrats to M Caffrey–Gross Misconduct–on winning the bracket contest & prize.  And thanks to all that entered….

Standings

Rank
Owner
Bracket
Correct Picks
Points
Bonus Pts
Total Pts
1
44
150
12
162
2
45
143
17
160
3
46
148
3
151
4
44
145
3
148
5
42
132
15
147
6
37
132
10
142
7
41
135
6
141
8
41
134
6
140
9
44
127
12
139
10
38
132
6
138
11
43
122
12
134
12
40
118
12
130
13
39
125
3
128
14
40
113
13
126
15
36
121
3
124
16
39
111
12
123
17
38
119
3
122
18
38
111
6
117
19
36
103
12
115
19
41
112
3
115
21
38
108
6
114
22
36
107
6
113
23
35
103
6
109
23
36
106
3
109
25
36
101
3
104

Syracuse’s Chris McCullough Declares for the NBA: Twitter Reacts – UPDATED

Syracuse freshman Chris McCullough has announced his decision to declare for the draft. Five months ago that would not have surprised anyone, but given his season-ending ACL tear, many optimistic ‘Cuse fans thought that he would return for some Unfinished Business and help to anchor a formidable front-court.
McCullough certainly has the size/skillset that NBA teams value, but because of his injury and shortened-season at Syracuse (plus his limitations for when he could return in December) many see this decision as risky at best. His draft stock is projected anywhere in the late 1st round to early 2nd round, whereas staying in college for another year and improving his game could have him finish in the Lottery next year. Unfortunately for McCullough, the NCAA’s rules are prohibitive for allowing 18/19-year olds to make life-changing decisions, but that is an argument for another day.
There was much ado on the interwebs as people used this opportunity to voice their displeasure on Twitter, causing a mini-debate on whether this is acceptable behavior.

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Updated with Poll: The College Basketball Active Coaching Mount Rushmore

Update: As you may recall, we are trying to decide the active coaching Mount Rushmore (see below or click here).  So far, we have selected Coach K, Tom Izzo, and Rick Pitino.  We need help deciding the fourth member of the group.  We have had good arguments for Jim Boeheim, John Calipari, Billy Donovan, and Roy Williams.  We will decide via the following poll.  As they say in Chicago, vote early and often… ha ha ha.  Thanks in advance.

Thanks again!

Original article:

In the past, the Confidential had some fun with Mount Rushmores for each ACC school.  We picked three spots and let fans pick the 4th spot.  Today, the focus is on college basketball as a whole–specifically, the active coaches.  It should be pretty easy to guess a few of the names, but rounding out the 4th (and eliminating the others in the process) may be difficult.  In any event, here is the list… you can vote on who gets #4.

The first spot… Coach K.

There is no need to reinvent the wheel here.  This is how we described him over a year ago:

If it needs to be explained, you haven’t been following sports since Jimmy Carter was running the country.  You want longevity?  30+ years at Duke.  You want success?  The most wins of any mens’ basketball coach ever.  You want national titles?  How about four of them for Duke in his tenure.  Throw in some gold medals and the absence of serious controversy, and you’ve got yourself one of the easiest Mount Rushmore spots ever.

This applies to active basketball coaching as well.  More recently, he is now over 1,000 wins and is back in the running for another national title.

The second spot… Tom Izzo. 

Sure, this is a bit knee-jerk.  But Izzo just took a 7-seed to the Final Four.  “Only” one national championship, but how about seven Final Fours in 20 years of coaching.  And 9 Elite Eights and 13 Sweet Sixteens.  Other than Coach K, who else has that kind of resume?

Well, maybe the next guy.  The third spot… Rick Pitino.

Pitino has two championships, one with Kentucky and one with Louisville.  Pitino also has seven Final Fours, including one with Providence.  Like Izzo, there is a sense (well-founded) that Louisville will be a better team in March than December.

The fourth spot?  The Confidential will leave this to you.  Here are some names to consider voting for the 4th spot:

  • Jim Boeheim
  • Roy Williams
  • John Calipari
  • Billy Donovan
  • Bill Self
  • Thad Matta
  • Bob Huggins
  • Anyone else?

Anyway, let us know who deserves the 4th spot and why…

 

Confidential Tourney Bracket Contest Update: Final Four!

1
44
130
17
147
2
44
127
12
139
3
45
135
3
138
4
42
124
12
136
5
43
132
3
135
6
41
119
15
134
6
43
122
12
134
8
40
118
12
130
9
36
119
10
129
10
40
122
6
128
11
40
121
6
127
12
40
113
13
126
13
37
119
6
125
14
39
111
12
123
15
38
111
6
117
16
36
103
12
115
16
41
112
3
115
16
38
112
3
115
19
36
107
6
113
20
35
108
3
111
21
35
103
6
109
21
37
106
3
109
21
36
106
3
109
24
36
101
3
104
25
35
100
3
103

The College Basketball Active Coaching Mount Rushmore

In the past, the Confidential had some fun with Mount Rushmores for each ACC school.  We picked three spots and let fans pick the 4th spot.  Today, the focus is on college basketball as a whole–specifically, the active coaches.  It should be pretty easy to guess a few of the names, but rounding out the 4th (and eliminating the others in the process) may be difficult.  In any event, here is the list… you can vote on who gets #4.

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Confidential Tourney Bracket Contest Standings–Elite 8!

Standings

Rank
Owner
Bracket
Correct Picks
Points
Bonus Pts
Total Pts
1
42
114
17
131
2
42
114
12
126
3
42
111
12
123
4
39
103
15
118
5
38
103
12
115
6
42
111
3
114
6
38
102
12
114
8
39
100
12
112
9
40
108
3
111
9
38
105
6
111
11
38
97
11
108
12
40
104
3
107
13
37
98
6
104
14
36
95
6
101
14
34
95
6
101
16
34
87
12
99
16
36
96
3
99
18
34
91
6
97
19
35
93
3
96
20
32
87
8
95
20
33
92
3
95
22
36
87
6
93
22
33
87
6
93
22
35
90
3
93
22
34
90
3
93

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