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Help: I’m having a hard time finding the ‘Duke underachieved’ stories

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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.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

64 Comments for Help: I’m having a hard time finding the ‘Duke underachieved’ stories

  1. DG
    10:46 am March 26, 2018 Permalink

    “Help I am trying to find the Cal underachieved articles on this site”

    • secrick
      11:55 am March 26, 2018 Permalink

      Get your ass over to the card site where you belong and you will see it. One thing you want see is your 2013 title cause it’s gone.

  2. Catsfan1715
    10:51 am March 26, 2018 Permalink

    Yeah, you won’t find it. And next year, when they lose in the second round with 4 lottery picks, you still won’t find it. They probably have a whole legal firm dedicated to take the content down. But let’s talk about how calipari has so underachieved with his talent.

  3. ClutchCargo
    10:51 am March 26, 2018 Permalink

    I think this is going to have to be a DIY project, Drew. Better get to it.

  4. Han
    10:53 am March 26, 2018 Permalink

    National sportswriters are too busy writing articles about handing Duke the title next year.

    • dballrb
      1:54 pm March 26, 2018 Permalink

      My feelings also.But,the media will also not cover the issues K has of developing talent to lottery picks every year either.Zion will not progress in the manner that he would’ve here..For anyone who thinks anything else…Prove me wrong.

  5. Cat68
    10:53 am March 26, 2018 Permalink

    I love it! Great job, Drew!

  6. Blueballz
    10:54 am March 26, 2018 Permalink

    Duke lost to the 1 seed in the Elite 8…UK lost to an awful Kansas State team with essentially home court advantage…people forget that

    • Sasquatch
      11:00 am March 26, 2018 Permalink

      An article about Duke underachieving has nothing to do with UK losing to KSU.

    • Catsfan1715
      11:13 am March 26, 2018 Permalink

      Kentucky didn’t have 3 lotto picks and a 1st round senior, with 4 McDonald’s all American off the bench . (Talent and leadership). Point being they had the most talented team and the same people who say cal is a bad coach Bc he can’t win with freshman stars are the same people who should be saying the exact same thing about K. And after next year… if they don’t win it next year!!!!

    • dballrb
      1:56 pm March 26, 2018 Permalink

      BLUEBALLZ…Such an appropriate handle for your comments.

  7. Mathlete
    10:59 am March 26, 2018 Permalink

    I saw one article on Yahoo where they claimed Duke had a reason to gripe about the officiating in the last minute. My only response to that:


    • s49
      11:40 am March 26, 2018 Permalink

      It bothers me to no end when Duke gets every call and when one doesn’t go their way the act like they’re getting cheated.

    • s49
      11:40 am March 26, 2018 Permalink

      Duke gets every call and then acts like they are cheated when one doesn’t go their way.

    • Saul T. Nuts
      12:15 pm March 26, 2018 Permalink

      Duke went the entire second half and into the overtime with only 4 fouls called against them. They were fouling constantly and flopping like fish all over the court.

    • Smyrna_Cat
      12:21 pm March 26, 2018 Permalink

      Was this where Allen walked like 4 steps and nothing was called?

    • dballrb
      1:58 pm March 26, 2018 Permalink

      We agree on this!

    • 4everUKblue
      2:26 pm March 26, 2018 Permalink

      How does Bagley play the entire game and not get ONE foul called on him?

  8. catsarerunnin
    10:59 am March 26, 2018 Permalink

    Oh he doesn’t care about titles. It’s all about the draft…..

  9. rabblerabblerabble
    11:02 am March 26, 2018 Permalink

    Most ridiculous manner possible indeed. People around here complain all the time that UK had the best team in the country in 2010 and 2015. Did national writers claim that Kentucky underachieved because they lost in the Elite 8 and Final Four? Or that Calipari is a “choke artist?” What’s the difference I’m missing here? I mean, weren’t those recruiting classes ranked in the top 1 or 2? I’m sure the commentariat will be happy to send me some links to all the Calipari hit pieces.

    Or, I dunno Drew, maybe you’re having trouble finding them because Krtsxfytdwfyt has won 5 titles. I always wonder why UK fans have such an inferiority complex. I mean, you’re the winningest (sp?) program in college basketball and you have 8 (!!) national titles.

    Should be a fun game at the Champions Classic in November.

    • Sasquatch
      11:09 am March 26, 2018 Permalink

      Clearly you’re missing the point…it has less to do with Duke and Coach K and more to do with the fact that national writers stick to a particular predetermined narratives.

    • rabblerabblerabble
      11:27 am March 26, 2018 Permalink

      Hang on, I’m clearly missing the point? Isn’t the title of this post “Help: I’m having a hard time finding the ‘Duke underachieved’ stories”???

    • timbo
      11:47 am March 26, 2018 Permalink

      Yes. Do you really need it spelled out for you? There are hit pieces for Cal nearly EVERY year we don’t win it all. They will eventually come for your Bob Knight favorite son, but they haven’t yet…The unknown reason for that is what is being discussed here, considering they have been written about Cal. Your vampire Baby Knight copies our success, but hasn’t had to share in the agony of his defeat, thus far. That’s the point.

    • Booby Petrino
      11:50 am March 26, 2018 Permalink

      Lol sounds like someone is still upset that they had to say bye to Tripper Allen yesterday.

    • J-Dub421
      12:41 pm March 26, 2018 Permalink

      “Did national writers claim that Kentucky underachieved because they lost in the Elite 8 and Final Four? Or that Calipari is a “choke artist?””

      Yes, that is the general narrative from national sports writers. How have you missed this? Cal gets bashed as an underacheiver if UK doesn’t win the title every single year “with all that talent,” but when K loses with the same amount of talent (if not more), crickets. Saint K can do no wrong in the eyes of the national media.

    • rabblerabblerabble
      2:07 pm March 26, 2018 Permalink

      Please send me some links. I somehow have missed this “general narrative from national sports writers” that Kentucky underachieves and Calipari is a choke artist.

      Again, I just don’t understand the inferiority complex that runs rampant in the UK fanbase. Why should any of you care about the narrative when Cal makes a Final Four every other year?

    • 4everUKblue
      2:31 pm March 26, 2018 Permalink

      K has won 5 titles in 38 seasons at the same program with the best talent year in and year out even before he copied Cal and started recruiting one and dones. Not as impressive when you look at the whole picture. And let’s not forget the rosy path dUKe gets every year, KU is the first real team they played this tournament, they barely beat Syracuse.

    • J-Dub421
      4:34 pm March 26, 2018 Permalink

      I can’t post links on this site, just tried. The comment gets moderated. Therefore, you’ll have to do your own research on this one.

  10. The Professor
    11:12 am March 26, 2018 Permalink

    While I tend to agree that Duke has underachieved the last two years, Coach K has won 5 titles so if he does nothing else he is still 2nd all time. I think what has been proven is that experience wins championships. Cal’s only win, although led by a couple of great freshmen, was his most experienced team. All 4 final teams this year are full of Jrs and Srs. Next year, we should have a much more experienced team. Hopefully, that will make a difference.

    • Smyrna_Cat
      12:23 pm March 26, 2018 Permalink

      Still doesn’t changed the fact that they also have a tendency to flame out in the NCAA. I thought this Duke team was unbeatable?

    • notFromhere
      10:32 pm March 26, 2018 Permalink

      That and preferential seeding, sites, and officiating, a lack of NCAA oversight, meddling, or investigation because you’re a private school, and the love an adoration people have transferred from someone that deserved it, to someone thought to be so because they happened to be sort of friends. Cant leave all of that out or it just seems like you never watch sports for sport’s sake

  11. jimmer
    11:23 am March 26, 2018 Permalink

    “Champagne and lube” for Pat Forde. Hilarious.

  12. Commissionersteele
    11:34 am March 26, 2018 Permalink

    Lol Lol

  13. Shredder
    11:56 am March 26, 2018 Permalink

    I’m all for Duke losing, but cry me a river with this post. Duke lost to a good Kansas team (#1 seed) in overtime. Regardless of who they have on their team, is it really underachieving? Did they have more “talent”. Yeah, probably, but it’s doesn’t mean it’s out of the realm of possibilities that they might lose to a good team. It’s a hard argument to make that a coach that’s won 5 championships underachieved. That’s like saying Jordan underachieved in a year he didn’t win the NBA championship. It’s a bad look for UK fans, so “let’s just light up and move on” as Hank Williams Jr. would say.

    • Booby Petrino
      12:31 pm March 26, 2018 Permalink

      all we hear is with all that NBA talent, Cal should win more championships. So now that K has adopted the one and done philosophy and is getting all that NBA talent, then he should be held to the same standards. If the argument is that NBA players should win championships while in college, then it is underachieving to lose to a team with lesser talent. And not just this year, last year too.

    • Booby Petrino
      12:31 pm March 26, 2018 Permalink

      but I should add that I don’t buy the argument that just bc you have NBA talent then you should win it all. It takes a mix of talent and experience.

    • Shredder
      1:20 pm March 26, 2018 Permalink

      I understand the thought process. It just makes UK fans look like whiners if we want to stir the pot by complaining about Duke not getting bad press like UK by so called “underachieving”. Personally, I don’t think it’s a good look for us.

      Just my $0.02, but I think what’s lost a lot of times with who has the “most talent” is that not all high school classes are talented, capable and good enough to beat teams with guys that are 3-4 years older despite having future NBA players. Some are but some aren’t. To complicate things further, a 1-and-out style tournament makes things even more difficult. One-and-dones make good fodder for articles, but there’s a lot of luck involved to win a championship.

    • rabblerabblerabble
      2:13 pm March 26, 2018 Permalink

      Oh, look. A rational, well-thought out response. Thanks Shredder. I don’t know why this is so complicated for so many UK fans.

    • 4everUKblue
      2:35 pm March 26, 2018 Permalink

      Here’s a rational thought. We just want the same consideration as K and dUKe get. Cal caught hell for the one and dones, then K does it and all of a sudden it’s ok and he’s a genius. Take of your dUKe panties and open your eyes.

    • 4everUKblue
      3:27 pm March 26, 2018 Permalink

      Here’s another rational thought. Go back your dUKe fansite, we don’t need dookies on our site. We don’t go posting on your fansite so stay off ours.

    • rabblerabblerabble
      3:38 pm March 26, 2018 Permalink

      Bless your heart. Lighten up, Francis.

    • 4everUKblue
      4:03 pm March 26, 2018 Permalink

      It’s ok if you can’t stand the heat snowflake.

    • notFromhere
      10:27 pm March 26, 2018 Permalink

      If you understand the thought process, you don’t care “how it looks” when the look is coming through BlueDevil glasses.

      The problem with people who worry about what other people think is that they dont speak against injustice or bias when it is blatant. Theyre so worried what people think, they’d rather not defend someone being bullied. That.

      If it’s a foul on one end of the court, it’s a foul on the other. If it’s a foul in the rule book, call it, and call it the same no matter who is playing. If it’s an ugly recruiting tactic, that doesn’t change because someone is kissing your assumptions.

      You can go back to worrying about opinions now, while cheering for the tripper and his asscot of a coach, who breeds a lack of sportsmanship into his players. If one and done is bad, he’s the same devil Cal is.

  14. secrick
    11:59 am March 26, 2018 Permalink

    Don’t worry Cat fans we will be right back in the final 4 next year with another chance to win it all. Card fans will be home again just like this year. If you don’t like Cal find another team to yell for because HE IS GOING TO BE THE KY COACH for a long time.

    • catsarerunnin
      12:15 pm March 26, 2018 Permalink

      “But he’s only won 1 title” – Slater,syrin,other morons.

  15. sincitycat
    12:06 pm March 26, 2018 Permalink

    Duke Vitale is on a suicide watch.

  16. KYjellyRoll
    12:14 pm March 26, 2018 Permalink

    Sir chokes a lot? Chokesacheski? Daddy coughsalowski? Wonder what his vamp name is??

  17. sincitycat
    12:50 pm March 26, 2018 Permalink

    Bobby Knight’s apple fell at the tree trunk. It’s no wonder he is such an ass.

  18. rosquirto
    1:12 pm March 26, 2018 Permalink

    national media sticks it to Cal any chance they get. Coach ratface gets a pass for whatever reason. Is Cal the best in game coach? no, but no one can argue that his staff develop players and get them to buy in better than any other coach attempting to mimic his style. Coach K is finding out that its a little harder than it looks. He’s a great coach and has probably earned the easy reporting but I don’t think Cal deserves to be criticized as hard as he is either.

  19. Jiminy Crickets
    1:53 pm March 26, 2018 Permalink

    Duke is losing everyone, and will start 4 freshmen, without the Trippper. Next year we will see how it works for him.

    Cals 2015 team was head and shoulders better than everyone. And this year’s team was not great, but they were better than KState. Duke lost to Kansas, in my opinion the best overall team in the entire tournament. I’ll be shocked if they don’t win it all. That’s why you’re not hearing anything yet. But if they underperform next year, people will take notice

    • dballrb
      2:12 pm March 26, 2018 Permalink

      I think a couple of surprising stays at Dook,At least 2 come back,duval will and maybe trent Jr..and Carter.Jr..Bagley is gone,finally tripping flopping cry baby is gone.

  20. dballrb
    2:08 pm March 26, 2018 Permalink

    Not 2010..They had less outside shooting than this year.Hand Meeks not left early ’10 title would’ve been in the rafters..I can agree with the ’14-15 team..By not winning with a cellar dwelling NBA team,and not winning it all,,that’s when the recruiting fell off just a bit,but he’ll ANY coach,team university would be thrilled to get the guys who can’t make it off the bench at Kentucky…Charles Matthews is the leader of the Michigan team,just balling out..Players see that and I’m sure some say,”Nope,not going there I’ll be buried on the bench.” Good luck to Charles and Michigan.

  21. runningunnin.454
    2:22 pm March 26, 2018 Permalink

    You didn’t look very hard, Drew. I have written several posts on KSR laughing about K underachieving the past couple of years.
    Hell, we played mostly freshmen ,and we only lost to Kansas by four.

  22. Waterview1
    3:06 pm March 26, 2018 Permalink

    Duke still gets to hang the “2018 Pre-Season NCAA Champion” banner.

    • catsarerunnin
      3:25 pm March 26, 2018 Permalink

      Presented by CBS/ESPN.

    • notFromhere
      10:16 pm March 26, 2018 Permalink

      Emmert getting a banner at UNC or Duke soon? Will they wait til he leaves the position, or put it up early, like the 2018 banner?

  23. Headhurts
    3:40 pm March 26, 2018 Permalink

    U can’t dent the armour of moral authority of college B.B. Drew, how dare you.

  24. Headhurts
    3:41 pm March 26, 2018 Permalink


  25. jaws2
    3:46 pm March 26, 2018 Permalink

    It’s not as hard as finding a KSR Matt Jones political ad article for himself where the COMMENT section is OPEN!!! What a spineless puss!

  26. notFromhere
    10:14 pm March 26, 2018 Permalink

    You’re not paying enough to get those stories. K and Rick both keep/kept their news guys well fed and pampered. Theyre not ready to turn on K just yet, like they did on Rick. Dogs dont bite the hands that feed them untik theyve been kicked around

  27. goose2
    10:37 pm March 26, 2018 Permalink

    Is that coach Ks funeral suit?. That pics looks as if it could have been taken from a coffin. lol