Driving back from the Wake Forest-Duke game in Winston-Salem last night, I thought of three things.
The first was how tenaciously the Blue Devils played the second half of the second half. With 8:50 remaining, they trailed by 13. They couldn't stop the Wake Forest guards from penetrating or the big men from scoring. They turned the ball over and they looked uncharacteristically meek. The crowd fed off their team, the team off the crowd and I could see the Deacons winning by 20.
But they didn't. You can't sustain success as long as Duke unless you go after the other guy. The Blue Devils did. They tied the score with 11 seconds remaining. When Gerald Henderson and Kyle Singler had to be the best players on the court, they were.
The second thing I thought of was that, as well as Duke played late in the second half, the Deacons held them off. This was the No. 1 team in college basketball, a team that had won 10 straight. And the Deacons had the poise, after letting the 13-point lead slip, to come back and win.
The third thing I thought was, as the clock ticked past midnight, satellite radio can be a beautiful thing.