Well, this just about says most of it all for the Blue Devils. Nothing fancy, just a text tweet and then a follow up by Coach K.
SAD NEWS: We will not continue competing in the 2021 ACC Tournament due to our school’s and conference’s health/safety protocols. The determination was made following the positive COVID-19 test for a member of our program’s Tier 1 personnel after Wednesday’s game.— Duke Men’s Basketball (@DukeMBB) March 11, 2021
Coach K: "We have not asked more of any team in our history, and they deserve enormous credit for handling everything like the outstanding young men that they are." pic.twitter.com/R69HIUyQuI— Duke Men’s Basketball (@DukeMBB) March 11, 2021
The event sort of reminds us of the difficulty of the season that just passed, and the crippled and pause riddled season that is just finishing. You have to wonder how many teams this is going to hit, besides Duke.
FSU advances automatically, and we wait to play UNC this evening.
It’s just a reminder that in this climate, the entire season can rest on one fouled test. I frankly never thought that I’d feel bad for Duke. They have been riding so high for so long that there is always a part of you, as a fan of another team, that wants to put out the “high fives”, and “oh yeah’s”... but nope... not this time... beaten fair and square is one thing. Getting chopped off at the knees by a booger on a cotton swab, that really blows... all puns intended.