Don't be that person. Please, please, PLEASE don't be that person.
Here we were thinking Tennessee-Michigan State would be the officiating controversy that bled over from Sunday into Monday. How foolish of us; Duke was still to play, after all, and with Duke comes all the sycophants who whine about all the calls it gets.
As you read this, ask yourself if you're going to be another voice in a myopic chorus or if you're going to look at what really happened in the game that led to Duke winning 78-71 over Baylor.
Right now the blood's in the water, the crazies are on the lookout for the black helicopters and the conspiracies must be true: Duke was handed the game!CBS and the NCAA need the Blue Devils in the Final Four because of ratings, so they told the officials to give Duke the calls!
Final foul tally: Baylor 21, Duke 15. Players fouled out: Duke 1, Baylor 1.
If you're looking for a place to direct your anger, how about sending it the way of Quincy Acy, Ekpe Udoh, Josh Lomers and Anthony Jones. The big Bears' front line of guys could not stop Duke from grabbing 22 offensive rebounds. Twenty-freaking-two. That's absurd. That's your ball game. And specifically, it was three big offensive boards — two by Lance Thomas, one by Mason Plumlee — followed up by back-breaking 3-pointers — two by Jon Scheyer, one by Nolan Smith — late in the second half that sealed this game for the Blue Devils.
You want more evidence why Duke won this game and how it had nothing to do with the officials? Oh, I'm fully loaded and prepared to give it to you.
Duke won this game because it played better. Because it deserved to win. Baylor gave it a very tough battle, but the Bears shot poorly from deep (28 percent), while Duke certainly did not (48 percent). The Blue Devils shot better from the foul line (79 percent to Baylor's 63). Surprisingly, each team had 11 turnovers. Mistakes felled the Bears at times this year, but the stat sheet kind of mistakes weren't the ones that cost Scott Drew's team on Sunday.
Smith had 29 points. Scheyer had 20. Both combined for nine 3-pointers, which absolutely killed Baylor. Duke scored 1.25 points per possession — that was the most Baylor had given up all season.
Now, if you'd like to relive the charge call, we've got the video. I'll show it to you first before I talk about how it was the right decision.