Duke’s tradition helps ease loss for one Racer
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) _ Murray State senior forward Vincent Rainey found a small measure of solace in being ousted by Duke’s Blue Devils in the opening round of the Southeast Regional.
Their 71-68 loss on Friday night dropped the Racers’ NCAA tournament record to 1-8, a marked contrast to the Duke program under coach Mike Krzyzewski. He has led the Blue Devils to a 40-10 mark in the tournament, including seven Final Fours and two national championships.
``We lost by three to Duke in the NCAA tournament,″ Rainey said. ``To end my career losing to Duke, I take it as a compliment. I wouldn’t want my career to end any other way.″
EMPTY SEATS: Friday’s crowd was announced at 14,480, creating an unusual atmosphere in the Charlotte Coliseum, which was set up to hold 22,876 for the event.
The building’s primary tenants, the Charlotte Hornets, perennially lead the NBA in attendance and have sold out every home game for nearly eight consecutive seasons.
DEANE’S TIRADE: Marquette coach Mike Deane had plenty to say on the court, but was mum afterwards on his ejection from an 81-59 loss to Providence.
Deane was assessed two technicals with 4:20 left in the game _ an automatic ejection _ for complaining vehemently that a foul was not called when one of his players, Anthony Pieper, was scratched under his left eye.
Among the targets of Deane’s scorn were referee Rusty Herring and C.M. Newton, a member of the tournament selection committee sitting at courtside.
Afterwards, Deane told Pieper not to comment on the incident and refused to say anything himself.
``You know the NCAA rules on commenting on the officiating,″ Deane said sarcastically. ``Why would you want me to violate NCAA rules?″
UNFAMILIAR: Duke’s game against Murray State was the Blue Devils’ first-ever meeting with an Ohio Valley Conference school.
Duke has never played Providence, the Blue Devils’ opponent in Sunday’s second round.
MAGIC 14: Tennessee-Chattanooga became the fifth No. 14 seed to upset a third-seeded team in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
The Mocs, who beat Georgia 73-70 Friday in the Southeast Regional, were the second Southern Conference team to accomplish that feat. The other was East Tennessee State, an 87-80 winner over Arizona in 1992.
ETSU lost to Michigan and the Fab Five 102-90 in the second round.
TIDBITS: Krzyzewski’s 40 NCAA tournament victories tie him with Indiana’s Bob Knight for third place. ... Tennessee-Chattanooga is 92-1 under McCarthy when shooting better than 50 percent from the field. The Mocs shot 54.3 percent against Georgia. ... Murray State lost for just the second time in 13 games this season when outrebounding an opponent.