Stock watch: Kyle Rowe surges for Duke men's lacrosse, Blue Devils near top of next year's men's basketball championship oddsBy Ben Leonard | 04/05/17 1:11am
The bell of the Blue Zone stock exchange has
Kyle Rowe: Against its arch rival North Carolina Sunday, Duke quickly found itself in a 6-1 hole, tied for its largest deficit this season—until Rowe came to the rescue.
After losing six of his first nine draws, Rowe surged, earning 14 of his final 15 draws to propel the Blue Devils to an improbable comeback victory in Chapel Hill. On the back of Rowe and lockdown defense, Duke used an 11-2 run to stun the then-No. 18 Tar Heels 12-8. The Blue Devils dominated in crunch time, scoring five unanswered goals in the fourth quarter while holding the ball for roughly 13 straight minutes.
“Kyle Rowe was a huge part of that, not giving them the ball," junior attackman Justin Guterding said. "They had the ball for 75 seconds in the 4th quarter—that’s how you win games.”
There’s always next year: After being bounced in the Round of 32 and watching North Carolina complete its championship run Monday night, it could appear to be rock bottom for Blue Devils fans—until next year’s championship odds were released shortly after the final buzzer.
Duke opens the way-too-early Vegas odds with tied for the second-best chances to win it all in 2018 at 12/1, along with Louisville, Kansas, North Carolina, Villanova, and Gonzaga.
With the No. 4 overall recruiting class heading into 2017-18 according to ESPN, oddsmakers seem to think the Blue Devils can
Duke men's basketball's recruits: While the Blue Devils sat on the couch for most of March, Duke’s signees and recruiting targets excelled on the court at the McDonald’s All-America game March 29.
Top targets Kevin Knox and Mohamed Bamba excelled
Signee Wendell Carter and top point guard target Trevon
Duke fans’ morale: After being eliminated from the NCAA tournament after just two games, Duke fans had one hope in their mind—that North Carolina would fall. But the Tar Heels never did, running all the way to a national championship with a 71-65 victory against No. 1 seed Gonzaga, causing many a groan in Durham.
North Carolina fans took to Twitter to poke fun at Blue Devil supporters:
Don't let North Carolina winning the National Championship distract you from the fact that Duke lost in the Round of 32— UNC Gameday (@TarHeelsGD) April 4, 2017
*UNC wins nat'l championship— Bankroll Kwaz (@Kwazbechillin) April 4, 2017
Duke fans: We still got two wins over y'all pic.twitter.com/ZsExgIPAMA
Some Duke fans responded:
6**** National Championships for UNC.— #DukeNation (@TheDukeNation) April 4, 2017
**** = The amount of Championships with academic fraud.
Last time UNC won the National Championship Duke won it the next year. #SightsOnSix— #DukeNation (@TheDukeNation) April 4, 2017
Duke women’s lacrosse: Despite starting the season ranked No. 10 in the nation, Duke women’s lacrosse has taken a nosedive, dropping six of its last eight games.
Before dropping its matchup against Syracuse Sunday, the Blue Devils did rebound Wednesday against No. 18
But there was some silver lining in the 10-9 loss Sunday. Duke's defense, which was burned earlier in the season, tightened up, forcing 19 Orange turnovers while goalkeeper G
In order to have a shot at making the NCAA tournament, Duke will have to get back up off the mat and continue to improve on defense.