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A quick note on Burney

Redshirt junior forward Jerome Burney suited up, took part in warm-up drills and sat on the bench in uniform Saturday at Duke, which came as somewhat of a surprise considering the team issued a press release last fall stating that Burney would miss the entire season due to lingering injuries to his right foot.

Burney did not play during yesterday's 21-point loss, and -- judging by Coach Gary Williams's response when asked about Burney's status on today's teleconference -- it does not appear likely that Burney will see any court time the rest of this season.

"He practices with us," Williams said. "He dressed the other day. I mean, he'd be eligible to play, you know, if it worked out that way. But it's probably not going to happen."

Still, the fact that Burney has returned to good enough health to practice with the team is a very positive note for a player who suffered what could have been career-ending injuries to his right foot. Burney, a 6-foot-9, 222-lb. forward, was not healthy enough to participate in team workouts this past fall, so, clearly, progress has been made.

By Steve Yanda  |  February 14, 2010; 12:30 PM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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Comments

wow the lack of comments after a loss is deafening. It was one loss, albeit to a great team. So to focus on posts from earlier threads here are my two cents.

Duke has an attraction for smart kids (as does Stanford) whether white or black. Grant Hill was about as priviledged as ANYONE else in this country and he chose to go to Duke fairly early because education was important for his parents. Mark Alarie did the same thing - went to Duke early in Coach K's tenure there based on the fact that he would be playing against top-notch competition AND would get a great degree (and a whole host of contacts for his post-basketball career). When a Duke player gets a career ending injury, they still have opportunities that most schools can't deliver as easily. So in terms of the "whiteness" of Duke (I've mentioned before that I am not white) its not like the 1960's Celtics at all (or worse the pre-Bobby Mitchell skins). The fact that a lot of white folks have it in for some of the white players that go to Duke (I get Laetnner, but JJR and now Scheyer?) blows me away. I really do not get it, but I'm not white so go figure. Why the hatred is not nearly as extended to some of the black athletes that played there is beyond me. Please someone (who is white) explain it to me.

Virginia is tomorrow. for me, beating the Wahoos has every bit the importance of beating Duke. We have them at home and both teams are on short rest. Fully expect a complete rebound from the team from the performance in Durham. A lot of folks penciled this last game in as a loss for the Terps when projecting season results. We remain in the thick of the ACC title hunt, but as others have pointed out, a midseason swoon can send us bubbling.

Regards -

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | February 14, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Hugh,

I'm white and I can tell you that the bashing that Laettner, Reddick and Scheyer endure has nothing to do with their "whiteness".

Laettner was an arrogant di%k. Dukie friends of mine have confirmed as much, just like Nick Caner-Medley is a known di%k. The fact that he is white may compound some negative characterisitics like his arrogance and smugness, but that is conjecture.

JJ same thing. Arrogant and smug, which seems to embody all that Terp fans detest in Duke in one person.

Scheyer, simply is not hated and detested even close to the levels that Laettner and Redick were. Scheyer just makes goofy faces when he plays,so he is an easy target. No real malice directed at Scheyer.

The fact that Laettner and Redick are white is just happenstance more than anything. By contrast, Tyler Hansbrough was not hated because he embodied dedication, hard work and toughness, not arrogance and smugness. In essence, Hansbrough actually embodied those traits that endeared Terp fans to Juan Dixon and Len Bias.

Posted by: larry31 | February 14, 2010 9:59 PM | Report abuse

hgr--

Definitely right about the lack of substantive comments after Saturday's loss.

Admittedly, I was rather deflated from this loss. Circumstances weren't really in our favor, so I can't say I'm surprised, but I am still disappointed. I blame Jay Bilas (former Dukie) who jinxed us by predicting a Terp win on ESPN.

A lot of the problems I saw on the offensive end are perhaps related to the problems we had against Clemson. Duke's D was quite solid and physical, though, rather than pressing like Clemson did, they really pressured the ball in the half-court. Uncontested looks were few and far between--maybe even non-existent. I don't think we made more than a handful of jumpers the entire game. On the plus side, we did fairly well in attacking the paint. While I'm not sure of the final tally, I would imagine we matched Duke in points in the paint. Maybe we just went inside because none of our shots were falling, but we seemed to be able to penetrate well; we just couldn't convert.

On the defensive end, Duke pretty much had their way with us. Watching Zoubek put up career numbers brought back chilling memories of last year's game at Cameron. I have difficulty breaking down our defensive lapses. I think, after the first few minutes of the first half, we were so focused on stopping Duke's inside game (which we never did) that they were consistently able to kick out to Sheyer for one of his patented morale-killing threes, which he seemed to never miss.

This loss hurt. But at least it wasn't as bad as last year's version of the same game. Fortunately they still have to come play up here, and this year, whatever annoying Duke fan is in my section will have to find a better taunt than "85-44...85-44."

Posted by: stjerome03 | February 15, 2010 7:41 AM | Report abuse

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