Sunday, March 15, 2009

ACC Tournament final: Duke takes it without much challenge from FSU

Posted By on Sun, Mar 15, 2009 at 7:30 PM

Last year, watching Duke play during the regular season, I became so annoyed with their propensity for three pointers I started yelling "ONE TRICK PONY!!!" at the television with every play. "It's so lame!" I said to my husband. "They're such a one trick pony."

"Yeah," he responded, "but that's a pretty good trick."

I'd like to say that three pointers was the only thing that won the ACC title for Duke today, but it was that along with everything else (although the 21 points from beyond the perimeter in the first half alone certainly helped). FSU looked shaky from the start, and Duke was playing fast and hard.

Man, this is a team that's easy to hate. Not only do they all look exactly like everyone I ever despised in high school, they act like it too. In the first half, with 6:40 left to go and up by 15, Jon Scheyer made a steal and a fast break, and on his way down the court he couldn't keep the smug, bully-boy grin off his face. It made it hard not to gloat when, after passing to Henderson, they couldn't finish the play.

But that was one of the rare slip ups from the Blue Devils. The Seminoles attempted a comeback in the middle of the second half, but only ever got within 7 points.

Although there were a lot of empty seats in the stadium today, indicating to me that there were a lot of UNC and Maryland fans who went home yesterday, there were still enough Duke haters in the crowd to chorus together for loud boos when Henderson (still hated for his freshman feat of breaking Tyler Hansbrough's nose) went up to cut his piece of the net.

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