Christian Laettner tweets ‘This type of crap didn’t happen from ’89-’92” following Duke’s loss to Mercer


They may have been wearing uniforms reminiscent of Duke’s glory days in the early 1990s, but the Blue Devils did not yield the same results on Friday afternoon as No. 14 seed Mercer handed No. 3 seed Duke an early NCAA tournament exit; the second time in four years Duke lost its first tournament game.

With four different channels, apps and Twitter it wasn’t hard to keep up with the game. However, Duke legend Christian Laettner was on a flight during the 12:15 p.m. tip. When he got word of the upset, he, like the rest of the nation, was stunned.

Despite not watching a minute of action, he was still able to diagnose Duke’s problem.

On Friday, 37 of Duke’s 62 shots were from beyond the 3-point line. To the Blue Devils’ credit, they hit 15 of them. However, only two of those treys came from Rodney Hood (2-for-5) while Jabari Parker missed all three of his attempts from behind the arc. The two leading scorers combined for 20 points of 6-of-24 shooting.

Mercer forced Duke to shoot, which the Blue Devils did, settling with jumpers rather than getting the ball inside or getting Parker touches in the post.

Laettner wasn’t done with his Twitter rant, he left the Duke’s fan base with this message:

Duke ended the year with two consecutive losses in a 26-9 season. Mercer advances to the Round of 32 to play No. 11 seed Tennessee, which won its second game in 48 hours in a lopsided win over No. 6 seed UMass.

Ingram scores 15, leads No. 6 Duke past pesky Yale 80-61

Marshall Plumlee, Matt Jones, Amile Jefferson
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DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Freshman Brandon Ingram scored 15 points and played a key role in the defensive switch that helped No. 6 Duke beat Yale 80-61 on Wednesday night.

Matt Jones had 17 points and Grayson Allen scored 15 for the Blue Devils (5-1), while Ingram sparked Duke out of a lethargic start with his pressure as the front man after the switch to a 1-3-1 zone defense.

Freshman Luke Kennard finished with 12 points for the Blue Devils, who finally took control with a 17-2 run during a 5 1/2-minute span that bridged the halves. Duke outscored Yale 42-25 in the second half.

Justin Sears scored 19 points and Makai Mason had 13 points for the Bulldogs (3-2). The preseason favorites in the Ivy League led for all but 90 seconds of the first half but shot just 30 percent after the break.

The clear difference was Duke’s switch late in the first half to that zone defense with the 6-foot-9 Ingram out in front – where he could disrupt Yale’s ballhandlers, get his 7-3 wingspan into passing lanes and pester the perimeter shooters.

Yale, which shoots 40 percent from 3-point range, was just 4 of 15 in this one. Duke finished with 12 steals and forced 13 turnovers, turning them into 16 points.

That defensive pressure sparked the game-turning run, with the zone forcing turnovers on consecutive trips down court that Duke turned into transition buckets.

Ingram later took a steal coast to coast for a layup that gave the Blue Devils their first double-figure lead at 48-38 with 16:43 to play. Allen capped the decisive run with a layup on the next trip down court.

They eventually pulled away, pushing the lead into the 20s on a jumper with 2 1/2 minutes left by Amile Jefferson, who finished with 12 rebounds.

The lopsided final score was surprising because Duke was in trouble for virtually the entire first half. Yale routinely outworked the Blue Devils and generated easy baskets – none easier than Mason’s unimpeded drive across the lane for a layup that put the Bulldogs up 27-20 with 7 1/2 minutes left before the break.


VIDEO: Colorado player ejected for biting another player

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Colorado is playing Air Force tonight.

For some reason or another, Colorado’s Tory Miller got mad at Air Force’s Hayden Graham.

So he bit him.


At least he didn’t pretend that he teeth hurt after getting bit.

Miller, obviously, was ejected. Colorado ended up winning the game.