I’ve got a good friend names Steve. After growing up in San Antonio, he went to school at Duke. He’s a calm, quiet-spoken fellow, until you get him talking about Duke basketball.
He instantly turns into a rapid Duke fan. It must be something they put in the water there.
Second Round, East Regional
Texas Longhorns versus Duke Blue Devlis
Saturday, March 21, 2009, 7:15pm
It’s time for Round Two of March Madness. Here are links to previews of the game. (See my own prediction below the links.)
Burnt Orange Nation
The Austin American Statesman
- Is Duke still Duke? Recent NCAA results say maybe not
- Texas vs. Duke
- Horns hope to change their luck against Duke
News 8 Austin
Dallas Morning News
Fort Worth Star Telegram
- Texas Longhorns coach has had ups, downs with Krzyzewski
- Size of Longhorns’ Player P an XL worry for Duke’s Coach K
The Washington Post
The New York Times
Winston Salem Journal
The ACC & SEC Blog
The Online Wire
Best Sports Betting News
I’ll update this list as additional previews come in today.
There has been considerable gnashing of teeth over the draw of Duke in the second round. Unfortunately, this is what happens with you’re a seventh seed.
Of the second seeds, however, Duke is about as good as it gets for Texas. Their inside game is relatively weak, which could lead to a monster of a game for Dexter Pittman.
Duke doesn’t make many mistakes, however. Texas will need to play one of their most consistent games of the season to still be around in the closing minutes.
We also can’t be one dimensional. We need good games from both Pittman and Abrams. Some performance at point guard would certainly help.
I’m not ready to predict a win by Texas, but I won’t be surprised if it happens.