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Loss to NC State creates existential crisis at Duke

schadenfreude engage

NCAA Basketball: North Carolina State at Duke
“I saw it first!”
“Shut up!”
“No you shut up!”
“Make me!”
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As Dennis Smith soared toward the rim at the end of NC State’s 84-82 win over Duke on Monday night, he might as well have been placing a comically large metal lock on the Blue Devils’ locker room.

See, Coach K ain’t pleased about this turn of events with his team. He is so unhappy, in fact, that he has banned his players from their own locker room. Per ESPN’s Dana O’Neil and Jeff Goodman, the players are not only barred from the locker room, they are also not allowed to wear any Duke gear.

I started that paragraph with a straight face but by the end of it I was grinning. I can’t help that I’m enjoying this so much. My schadenfreude meter has been pegged at about a 15 on its standard 12.57 scale for three days straight. Via the ESPN story:

"[Coach K] wasn't happy," said one source close to the situation. "Especially after the loss to NC State."

Asked how long the penalties would last, a source close to the program said: "Until they start living up to the standards of the Duke program."

Dennis Smith stole the Blue Devils’ lunch money, ripped the clothes off their backs, and locked them out of their own damn house. That’s a triple play.