A big congrats and thank you goes out to the West Virginia Mountaineers.
The Mountaineers did what Belmont University almost did. They defeated the Duke Blue Devils yesterday in the second round of the NCAA Men’s tournament 73-67.
West Virginia Sends Duke Home Early
By PETE THAMEL
WASHINGTON — After West Virginia forward Joe Alexander led the seventh-seeded Mountaineers to an upset of second-seeded Duke in the second round of the N.C.A.A. tournament on Saturday, he asked a pointed question.
When told that the Mountaineers had just beaten a team with eight McDonald’s all-Americans, Alexander seemed startled. He arched his eyebrows and asked in a serious tone, “Who?”
Nearly every Blue Devil who played Saturday was a high school all-American. West Virginia has none. So after embarrassing the Blue Devils on the court by scoring 22 points in a 73-67 victory, Alexander and his underrecruited and underhyped teammates spent much of the postgame interviews in the locker room mocking the Duke mystique.
“We don’t care that they’re Duke,” Alexander said. “That doesn’t mean anything to us. People look at West Virginia like we’re this midmajor school playing all these big schools and upsetting them. That’s not the case at all.”
For the second consecutive year, the Blue Devils found out that their blue-blood history, recruiting pedigree and ESPN-fueled aura mean little in the N.C.A.A. tournament.
That last paragraph says it all. For more info on why Duke is hated check out Why Everybody Hates Duke.