Duke has beaten some good teams so that's arguable. But that's not the problem in this game.
UT doesn't have a point guard. They don't have guys who are great at getting their own shot. Barnes whole system is built on playing great D but Duke is a long, athletic team too that plays very good D. They just play better O than UT.
And while you can argue competition... Duke is 10-0 in their last ten games. The Vols are 4-6.
This isn't a good match up for the Vols and may be an even worse match up for Barnes personally.
I’m sorry but the last 10 games coming into the tourney mean exactly nothing. We are now in the win or go home tourney…. There is zilch the last 10 games for us or Duke, or any remaining team left in the tourney, that matters….
A win is a win. It literally is irrelevant how it happens “based on the closing stretch of the season”……
Duke has played exactly 1 semi good team and they split games with UVA. The ACC does not have a team with a defensive as efficient or tested as ours. Do i think Duke’s new experience playing a top defense in the country could make score below their average? Yes.
The question is if that below average scoring is low enough that our offense scoring anywhere from 50-60 points can’t beat.
People are acting like this is a 1 seed Duke with Coach K at the helm. I get there is a reason for pessimism in general, but the mouth slobbering over Duke is ridiculous.
Can’t tell if this board is closet Duke fans or not.