The View From Above
So Duke is No.1 again. After beating Maryland Saturday—well, is beating really the right word? Dismantling? Embarrassing? How about this: You know the movie “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” in which Brad Pitt ages backward toward infancy? If there is a verb for making someone all at once feel like a child, then, yeah, that’s what Duke did to Maryland.
Of course, the lead up to the game was, ‘If Duke can defeat the inferior, but always pesky Terrapins, then they’ll be No. 1 in the country.’ Well, we’ve already covered the fact that ‘defeat’ doesn’t capture what really happened, so naturally Duke did earn the top spot in the land for their impressive outing. But there’s still this belief among some that the Blue Devils are overrated.
Take for example the fact that 10 out of 72 AP voters, which consists of select members of the media, chose a team other than Duke as the best team in the country. On the other side, though, only 1 out of 31 voters in the ESPN/USA Today poll didn’t go with the Blue Devils. Maybe there’s something to that, and maybe not. But with all the whining there is about Duke being favored by the media, sometimes it doesn’t always seem to add up that way.
Wednesday, when Duke takes on No. 6 Wake Forest, we’ll all start to see just how good Duke really is. Granted, something similar was said in this segment before the Georgetown game, too. And we all saw how well Duke handled that one.
But, speaking of the Georgetown game, it’s time for this week’s…