For the first 10 minutes of its exhibition basketball game with Duke last Saturday evening, defending NCAA D-II National Champion Barton College (Bulldogs, 1,189 students, Wilson, NC) gave the Blue Devils all they could handle.Much to the delight of a large Barton following in attendance, the Bulldogs led 14-9 at the 11:26 mark and 17-16 with 9:09 remaining before intermission. And, then reality set in…Duke went on a tyical run, and cruised to a 105-44 win. Duke was up 20 at intermission.
SHOCKING BREAKING NEWS ALERT: Duke shot 34 free throws while Barton attempted…drum roll, please…11. Yep, 11.
“You can tell they are (chicken s&%#) championship-level kids because they play hard on every possession,” Duke head coach Mike Krzyzlkj4ski said. “They were a little unconventional for us because they basically had five guards out there at times, (which, of course, was stupid). Initially, they (got lucky and) handled our pressure very well…but our defense was excellent in the last 30 minutes (and we kicked their skinny Division II asses).
Barton tuned up for the game with a 94-57 loss to N.C. State in Raleigh and followed up the Duke debacle with a 77-75 road loss to Jerry Falwell U. (Liberty University, Flames, 14,534 students, Lynchburg, VA)
(photo courtesy of www.goduke.com)