Editorial: Duke women keep the madness going

Apr. 02, 2013 @ 09:46 AM

It's up to the women now.

The Louisville Cardinals under Rick Pitino, rallying after the gruesome leg break suffered by Kevin Ware, never gave Mike Krzyzewski's Duke Blue Devil men much of a chance.

The last team from North Carolina - at least for the men - exited the NCAA basketball tournament shy of the Final Four.

As The Herald-Sun's Harold Gutmann reported Monday, it was the last game for remarkable Duke seniors Mason Plumlee, Seth Curry and Ryan Kelly.

"My three seniors have been the epitome of Duke basketball seniors," Krzyzewski said. "Winning 124 games over their four years, just representing us so well, and it's been a joy every day to be with them. And for all except one team, it's a tough ending."

Plumlee agreed.

"At this point in the season it's about end result," he said. "But I think a couple months from now, we'll look back at it in totality. It's tough, because you're remembered for what you did at the end of the season and the Elite Eight may be good at other places, but at Duke it's just different."

Different, perhaps, but many analysts hadn't counted on the Duke men making it as far as they did this year. Louisville just proved too deep and too resilient for the Blue Devils to overcome.

Now, the Cards move on to the Final Four in the men's tournament.

But all's not lost for North Carolina basketball fans.

The Duke women's team struggled on offense against the Nebraska Huskers on Sunday, but defense carried them to a 53-45 win, The Herald-Sun's Jimmy Dupree reported. It may not have been pretty, but it worked.

"We don't want to be pretty, we want to advance," said Joanne P. McCallie, Duke's coach. "We want to find a way to keep going, and I hope we can play our best game ever next game."

Duke's women take on top-seeded Notre Dame tonight at 7 on ESPN for their fourth consecutive regional championship effort.

We'll be cheering them on, wishing for that best game ever.