For the second time in three seasons, the Duke Blue Devils were sent packing without making out of the first weekend, this time falling to the 14th-seeded Atlantic Sun champ Mercer Bears, 78-71. If you recall, back in 2012, a second-seeded Blue Devils squad dropped their second round game to C.J. McCollum and the Lehigh Mountain Hawks.
Some experts like Dan Wolken from USA TODAY Sports had this game pegged as a potential upset but unlike the experts, the vast majority of American bracketologists didn’t see Mercer as a serious threat. Don’t believe it? According to ESPN’s Tournament Challenge, 96.7 percent of brackets featured the Blue Devils advancing to the third round, so if you’re out there telling everyone, “I knew Mercer would win,” you’re a liar.
The Blue Devils attempted a shocking 37 threes while the Bears attempted just 45 field goals overall. The problem was not Duke’s field goal percentage from three (40.5%) but rather their inability to get to the line. They were outscored 23-12 at the stripe and outshot from the field 55.6 to 35.5 percent.
Many Duke fans were looking forward to another possible regional finals matchup against the Louisville Cardinals with hopes of avenging the 85-63 thrashing they suffered last year. It looks like they’ll have to wait until year in Durham.
Naturally, following the game, people took to Twitter to poke fun at the underachieving Blue Devils, “Dook” (as the haters like to call them), or to once again falsely take credit for an upset they knew would happen. Here’s a look at some of the best tweets.
Syracuse Orange head coach Jim Boeheim was not active on Twitter but his quotes were definitely out there:
Boeheim on Mercer's win over Duke: "Just watching Mercer play, I thought they were the better team. Duke didn't play bad.''
— Syracuse Basketball (@syrbasketball) March 21, 2014
Jim Boeheim said it's 'painful' to see Duke lose because they represent the ACC
— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) March 21, 2014
Dickie V, thoughts?:
Someone better check on @DickieV. This is going to sting.
— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) March 21, 2014
Even God got in on the action:
Lord have Mercer!
— God (@TheTweetOfGod) March 21, 2014
Duke fans will wait and see:
Can you imagine if Jabari Parker comes back to Duke because of MERCER?!
— Mid-Major Madness (@mid_madness) March 21, 2014
Even NFL experts are getting in on the action:
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 21, 2014
Say what you want about Mike Krzyzewski and Duke, but they win and lose with class:
Coach K just came into Mercer locker room: "If we got beaten, at least we got beaten by a hell of a basketball team." pic.twitter.com/5vrkF4RQYR
— Nicole Auerbach (@NicoleAuerbach) March 21, 2014
Until next year Duke fans, until next year. And keep your fingers crossed Jabari Parker returns. But hey, at least there’s football to look forward to:
161 days until kickoff – 2014 Duke Football Schedule: pic.twitter.com/yNcQEvmQLY
— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) March 21, 2014