It’s going to be a difficult 24 hours for you, I know, so step away from the television. If what a network says bothers you, change the channel because that message isn’t changing. You know that one guy loves Duke and thinks the Blue Devils are going to win. The game, the tournament, probably even the presidency. You can’t change that, so change the channel. Don’t let it ruin this for you.
Ask yourself a simple question: Does what one guy says really matter? After all, didn’t one entity almost universally proclaim Arizona would beat WVU? And look what happened. Why worry now? Players play the games. Everyone else discusses them … and yes, I understand how hypocritical that sounds.
I do understand the complaint that factual inaccuracies need to stop and cannot be allowed to live on as realities. Let’s dismiss this notion that opponents can simply attack Joe Alexander and get him in foul trouble because Alexander tends to get in foul trouble.
Alexander is rarely in foul trouble. Last night was an anomaly created by a needless foul at the end of the first half and an oddÂ call late in the game the officials needed to discuss. None of that was done by attacking Alexander. He choose his spots and it seems WVU does a good job protecting Alexander. He means too much offensively to risk losing him defensively.
We’ll agree this Joe Alexander was born after the loss to Pitt, a game in which he was benched and scored just five points. Since then, Alexander fouled out once. That was the following game against RutgersÂ and, quite frankly, it didn’t matter. He’s had four fouls three times. One was last night. The others were at Villanova — quite frankly, that didn’t matter, either — and DePaul — when he was probably the best player on the floor.Â He’s been otherwise safe and has played large minutes while on this streak.
That’s not foul trouble and I’m having a hard time understandingÂ what oneÂ voice meant by saying Duke will attack Alexander in transition. What, they run right at him? Isn’t the easy counter for Alexander to run out of bounds and lead the player withÂ the ball into a turnover?