Duke is a much better team than South Carolina, a fact that has not changed just because the Blue Devils lost to the Gamecocks in the NCAA tournament, writes Luke Kerr-Dineen in USA Today's ForTheWin. While Duke remains one of - if not the - best teams of the tournament, the players suffer from having to withstand the extra pressure of being the team that everyone loves to hate, says Kerr-Dineen. Therefore, one mistake gets amplified, which leads to missed opportunities, such as their defeat.
Duke's Blue Devils don't live up to their hype. Their performance in the preceding ACC tournament, which is itself considered to be overrated, and their surprise loss to South Carolina in the NCAA tournament confirm that the team could not keep up with their near-unanimous pre-season No. 1 rank, writes Jeff Goodman in ESPN. Many factors have contributed to their weakness, including the team's lack of chemistry, players' knee injuries, and the team's lack of quality point guard.