Duke/UNC Official Thread 2021/2022 (K’s Last Hurrah Edition)

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I’m about as Tar Heel as it gets but I invite you to look their roster. If Jon can put it together and get them to play as a team they’re going to win a ton of ball games.

They’re loaded with talent and deep.
They're loaded with inexperienced talent, just like last year's Duke team. However, they have a first year head coach rather than having one of the best basketball coaches of all time. Jon is no Coach K, and even Coach K had a tough time getting teams dominated with elite, inexperienced freshman and sophomore talent to play as a cohesive unit in close games that go down to the wire against other high quality teams.
 

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They're loaded with inexperienced talent, just like last year's Duke team. However, they have a first year head coach rather than having one of the best basketball coaches of all time. Jon is no Coach K, and even Coach K had a tough time getting teams dominated with elite, inexperienced freshman and sophomore talent to play as a cohesive unit in close games that go down to the wire against other high quality teams.
I’ve seen plenty of Duke teams a lot less talented than last years squad beat much better UNC teams. So on paper it looks like UNC should beat Duke, but anything can happen, as this past year showed. We’ll see how UNC manages expectations under Hubert. You’ve got people talking about this team being better than your last national title team and they haven’t even started practice yet. UNC was an 8 seed for a reason last year. They went on an incredible run and now a big part of that run is gone. If the kid from Northwestern comes in and plays to the same level I’ll be shocked.
 
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I’ve seen plenty of Duke teams a lot less talented than last years squad beat much better UNC teams. So on paper it looks like UNC should beat Duke, but anything can happen, as this past year showed.
My point had nothing at all to do with Duke's talent level. Duke will have an incredibly talented team, just like they do every year. Their issue is getting all that young talent to play together as a cohesive team within a single season, particularly in close games against other good teams. Last year's Duke team struggled with that. In my opinion, Scheyer won't be as successful at accomplishing this as Coach K was, and even Coach K's results haven't been as stellar as they once were since Duke became a major one-and-done destination. It will be interesting to see how Scheyer does.
 
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My point had nothing at all to do with Duke's talent level. Duke will have an incredibly talented team, just like they do every year. Their issue is getting all that young talent to play together as a cohesive team within a single season, particularly in close games against other good teams. Last year's Duke team struggled with that. In my opinion, Scheyer won't be as successful at accomplishing this as Coach K was, and even Coach K's results haven't been as stellar as they once were since Duke became a major one-and-done destination. It will be interesting to see how Scheyer does.
I was basically saying that anything is possible as well. I’m not sure what to expect w/ Scheyer as a coach. He’s a likable guy who apparently K trust to maintain what he built. With the staff that he’s built it seems like he’s paving his own vision for his teams. I think Duke will look different than it has .
 

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