Friday was a day of absolutely stunning results. First it was Norfolk State beating Missouri. Then came Lehigh of the Patriot League sending Duke home.
Prior to Friday, a 15 seed had beaten a 2 seed just four times. Then it happened twice in the span of a few hours.
Mike Krzyzewski did a brilliant coaching job all season long. Let's be honest, this was not a vintage Duke team. They did not have the true superstar like a Danny Ferry, Johnny Dawkins, Grant Hill, Christian Laettner, etc.
It was the will to win and the hard work by Coach K that led the Blue Devils to a superb season and a No. 2 seed in the tournament.
Down the stretch this season they were susceptible and they lacked versatility. The loss of Ryan Kelly to injury was a factor as well. He was a positive performer who could shoot from outside and drive and score in the paint.
Andre Dawkins really struggled at times. He was inconsistent when the team needed a spark from outside.
Let's also give credit to Lehigh. C.J. McCollum was outstanding, putting 30 big points on the board. They played attacking basketball and played with emotion and intensity.
Whenever an opponent sees the Duke uniform, they rise up to a different level. They want to upset the big boys. The same is true for Kentucky, North Carolina.
The anti-Duke fans can have their fun. As long as Coach K is on the sidelines, they will win their 30 games. We live in a world where you have to win the national championship or you are second-guessed. Many teams would love to have the year that Duke had.
The bottom line is this tournament is all about survive and advance and Duke did not do that.