I need your help, friends. I’ve spent the better part of my Monday morning browsing the internet in search of the stories about Duke failing to make the Final Four with the best roster in college basketball, and I can’t seem to find one anywhere. Have you seen any? They have to be out there somewhere — because if John Calipari had done what Coach K has done the last two years, our timelines would be littered with hit pieces.
So where’s the Duke criticism? Mike Kryseqskwiakqiski had the two best recruiting classes and the two best teams (on paper) the past two seasons, and won a grand total of four NCAA tournament games combined. Yet the national college basketball media still wants us to believe Coach K is college basketball’s Lord and Savior who poops gold and can do no wrong, while Calipari is the game’s choke artist.
I can understand Pat Forde not chiming in — he’s probably still covered in champagne and lube from celebrating Kentucky’s loss last Thursday — but there are plenty of other writers who are silent on Duke’s loss yesterday. The Blue Devils were the preseason No. 1 team and the overwhelming favorite to win it all this year, but didn’t win the ACC regular season, the ACC tournament or their own region in the NCAA. Why isn’t that a headline today? It’s an easy story to write. After all, Duke hasn’t made the Final Four as anything other than a No. 1 seed since 1994. Last year they didn’t get out of the first weekend. Here in Kentucky, Calipari was in the title game as a No. 8 seed only four years ago.
But nobody will write a bad word about Krysizjewqskwi underachieving.
I’ve looked everywhere today.