Following the win over Alabama on Wednesday night, we said the game against Arizona would be another great test for this Duke basketball team. It was a big stage against an elite opponent that appeared to create numerous match-up problems for the Blue Devils on paper.
It turned out to be a test that Duke still isn’t ready to pass.
Arizona finished with a 72-66 win in Madison Square Garden to take the the NIT Season Tip-Off Championship, while Duke falls to 6-2 on the season.
In this week’s NCAA Football 14 simulation, I shouldn’t have been surprised that I’d have to make another significant change on the depth chart for the Georgia Bulldogs. I sent Aaron Murray to the bottom of the chart after last week’s terrible injury against Kentucky and now Hutson Mason will lead the Dawgs into Atlanta to take on Georgia Tech. Hopefully, Mason will keep things rolling and keep Georgia in the BCS Championship race.
Score - Georgia Tech: 56 Georgia: 21
Well this is certainly a disappointing debut to the Hutson Mason era.
Georgia Tech did to UGA what the Dawgs had done to the opposition in the previous two simulations. The Yellow Jackets stung the Dawgs early with two quick touchdowns to open the game and everything snowballed from there.
Huston Mason threw two first-half interceptions and by the time the game reached the end of the first half, Georgia Tech had a 42-7 lead. It was a disastrous performance in every way for Mark Richt’s team.
Georgia Tech had three different players run for touchdowns in the first quarter as David Sims, Vad Lee, and Robert Godhigh all found the end zone. Todd Gurley was able get the Dawgs on the scoreboard with an 8-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, but then Georgia Tech responded with three more touchdowns in the second quarter - two from Sims and one from Zach Laskey.
Gurley managed to get two more touchdowns in the second half, but it was too little too late. Mason continued to struggle and finished the game with three interceptions and only 104 passing yards while going 8-for-21.
The Georgia defense didn’t appear to be prepared in any way for Georgia Tech’s triple option offense. The Jackets ran for 367 rushing yards on 56 attempts and were able to dominate the line of scrimmage. It also allowed them to control the clock as they possessed the ball for over 38 minutes.
Without Aaron Murray on the field, UGA seemed to lack the leadership and fire to be able to handle some difficult moments on the road. Instead of the Dawgs punching back, they went down for the count.
When you lose 56-21 to Georgia Tech, you don't have a key performer. Everyone was bad.
With the loss, UGA finished the regular season 9-3 and ranked No. 13 in the country. The way the simulation played out, the Dawgs would now go on to play Alabama in the SEC championship game. Interestingly, for the first time in a while, the SEC championship game appears to have no impact on the BCS championship game. In the simulation, Louisville and Ohio State finished the season undefeated and ranked No. 1 & 2 in the polls and will play for the title. Yep. This simulation is clearly drunk.
Whether you’re a Duke fan or not, there’s a lot to be thankful for today. In reality, there are things much more important than a basketball team that we should be thankful for. I hope you have the opportunity to take time today to reflect on some of those things.
In a less serious tone, as Duke fans, we have plenty to be thankful about with the program we root for.
At heart, I’m a Duke fan. I’m a fan who happens to have a passion for writing, but I try to take my fan glasses off when I cover Duke basketball.
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