DURHAM—Less than 24 hours until Duke is back at it for the second game of the NIT Season-tip off (either East Carolina or Norfolk State awaits, depending on who wins the game currently going on).
Here’s the story from the 91-55 win over UNC Asheville, which featured extended run for Semi Ojeleye and the early front-runner for quote of the year from Rodney Hood. Just a few postgame thoughts:
***By far the most exciting sequence of the game came in the first half. Quinn Cook dropped off a nice pass for Hood, who finished with a one-handed slam. On the other end, Cook, Tyler Thronton and Amile Jefferson got down and slapped the floor on defense. A turnover ensued, and Hood finished it with a 3. That made the score 44-24 in favor of Duke.
I’ll link to video once it becomes availaible (couldn’t find the the actual floorslap, but here’s the two buckets in the sequence).
***The new emphasis on hand-checking fouls has been an adjustment for perimeter defenders. Mike Krzyzewski signaled out Cook for doing a particularly good job on defense Monday.
“He was playing defense with his feet, which is what you should be doing, “Krzyzewski said. “He’s is moving his feet very, very well.”
***Lots of Twitter chatter about the crowd, which was far more sparse than normally seen in Cameron. First off, still officially a sellout at 9,314 (that’s tickets purchased, not butts in seats). Second, Duke was required to block off part of the student section for all three schools, as well as give them acutal seats to distribute. Two of the three schools returned tickets, Duke confirmed, including UNC Asheville.
All that considered, was the Duke student section full? No. It had been full the other two games. Make of that what you want. Crowds are not of great interest to me, as my job stays the same regardless of how many others are around.
If crowds are of great interest to you, I’d recommend this link from the Detroit Free Press about all the empty seats last night as Michigan State debuted at No. 1 and this blog from the Lexington Herald-Leader. It’s not just basketball, either—earlier this season, Alabama football dealt with student attendance issues.
My personal theory: How many times does a college-age person just do one thing at a time? Pretty much never. Watching TV? They’re probably on their laptops, tweeting, “studying,” etc. Same thing for attending class and a host of other activities. Heck, go to Wilson Gym, and I’d bet you’ll see more than a handful of people on cardio machines also attempting to read something.
Wifi is generally bad at stadiums, and you can’t be doing many other tasks when attending an event live. Just food for thought.