13 Questions With Dan Wetzel

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4. Duke's Struggles

RCS: Perhaps the biggest disappointment of the tournament was Duke. In a column describing Duke’s struggles, you wrote "It boils down to recruiting. Duke still is involved with the very best players in the country. Right now it’s either targeting the wrong guys or doing a poor job in head-to-head battles with other elite programs."

Is it possible you're being a little hard on a team that won the ACC title and earned a #2 seed?

Wetzel: I pointed out in the column that you can’t say they’re not a good team, and you can’t call it a bad season.  They won 30 games and the ACC Tournament.  You can compare them to the stretch when Duke was making the Final Four every year – they won three titles, and were never getting blown out in the NCAA tournament.  This year they were one of the 16 best teams in the country.  They remain a good team, but what you saw in that game against Villanova was just a clear differential in talent.  

And Krzyzewski was saying it. He was saying we were playing five-on-three basketball.  Villanova had a great player at every position. Duke didn’t. They don’t have a great point guard, and they don’t have a great post player. That’s the difference between being a Sweet 16 team and being a National Champion.  I think as soon as they get that, they’ll be back.  I don’t have any doubts that Duke will be back. They just hit a lull there.


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