POSTGAME Duke 11, Virginia 9. In all, Virginia scored six fourth quarter goals to Duke’s zero, dominating every facet of the game down the stretch. But, alas, it was too little, too late, and the Blue Devils held on by the skin of their noses for their second straight ACC Tourament title and fifth overall. Although Virginia was very productive in the final period, Dan Loftus should still be credited with a great afternoon. The senior held the Cavaliers in check for the vast majority of the game, which proved to be crucial as the eight-goal fourth quarter deficit proved too much to overcome.
The Blue Devils seem exhausted but happy as they receive the ACC Tournament trophy at midfield. We’re also awaiting the announcement of the All-Tournament team and the ACC Tournament MVP.
Virginia: Ben Rubeor, Garrett Billings, Bud Petit, Danny Glading
Duke: Matt Danowski, Parker McKee, Zack Greer, Ned Crotty, Max Quinzani, Tony McDevitt, Nick O’Hara
Tournament MVP: Dan Loftus (17 saves in today’s game)
–by Matthew Iles
10 minutes to go before the opening faceoff of the ACC tournament championship here in Klockner Stadium. The crowd is virtually all orange and blue, and the speakers are blasting every pump-up song you’ve ever heard. There are some ominous clouds on the horizon, and there were reports of isolated t-storms starting up around 6 p.m.
Nevertheless, the Blue Devils are going through their normal workouts, and they appear loose—joking and laughing with each other between reps. The Cavaliers are clearly revved up for this contest, as there are chest bumps and confident head nods galore
Stay tuned as we’ll keep the updates coming all game long as Duke vies for its second consecutive ACC tournament championship and fifth overall.
–by Matthew Iles
Yes, Duke and Stanford are eerily similar—from to top-notch academics and great athletics to unparalleled mascot drama (three cheers for drunken trees and blown knees!)—but what are writers from North Carolina and California saying about Johnny Dawkins’ ability to lead the Cardinal?
- Ray Ratto at the San Francisco Chronicle gives a cautious endorsement of the hire, lauding Dawkins’ accomplishments as a player and as an assistant while bringing up the shortcomings of other K disciples, Tommy Amaker and Quin Snyder. Another Chronicle writer says Dawkins arrival at Stanford marks the redemption of AD Bob Bowlsby.
- The Herald Sun’s Frank Dascenzo weighs in on the risks and rewards for Dawkins in leaving, how long he might be gone—depends on how much Dawkins wins and how long K wants to continue coaching, he says—as well as the strange web that is Alleva and Trent Johnson to LSU and Dawkins to Stanford.
- The San Jose Mercury News gives a State of the Cardinal Basketball address.
Full recap of the Sunday morning papers and blogs to follow.
In other big news, and to keep you amused until then, Ramses the Ram was killed by a blow from his own son! Talk about a modern-day Oedipal tale, if Oedipus were, you know, a blue-horned ram known for parading around Kenan Football Stadium. This little guy could give Chicago’s cursed billy goat a run for his money.
—by Meredith Shiner