The Final Four is nice. The Sweet 16 is swell. But few things are guaranteed to get people going mad during March like the moment when a highly touted Duke team loses to an underdog early in the NCAA Tournament.
For the second time in three years, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski's team was dealt such a shocking defeat in its opening NCAA Tournament game. For the second time in three years, the Blue Devils' legions of haters reveled in the bracket-busting upset, even if it cost them a chance at $1 billion.
Here more than a dozen things from No. 14 Mercer's 78-71 win over No. 3 Duke in their opening game of the 2014 NCAA Tournament that had Coach K's critics tweeting, gloating and celebrating as if their favorite teams had just cut down the nets.
Coach K's Struggle Face Was Epic
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Mercer's Coach Celebrated Late Touchdown Layup With This Leg Kick
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Then Mercer guard Kevin Canevari Did The NaeNae
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His Teammate, Anthony White Jr., Executed A Robot Videobomb
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Former Mercer Star Sam Mitchell Also Broke Out His Dance Moves
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Jabari Parker Is Probably Never Playing For Duke Again
The Twitter Schadenfreude Was Heavenly
Congratulations to Coach Cutcliffe. Duke is now a football school. @TNSportsRadio
— Seth Andrews (@sethaandrews) March 21, 2014
A loss for Duke is a win for America.
— Josh Greenman (@joshgreenman) March 21, 2014
Perfect bracket......1billion dollars, Duke loses.....priceless. @espn
— Kevin Ezell (@kevezell) March 21, 2014
Lord have Mercer!
— God (@TheTweetOfGod) March 21, 2014
Even Christian Laettner Slammed Duke
. Oh well....live and learn! But I will say this....this type of crap didn't happen from '89-'92!! #dukedynasty89-92
— Christian Laettner (@laettnerbball) March 21, 2014
Lehigh Trolled Duke About That 2012 Upset
— Lehigh Athletics (@LehighSports) March 21, 2014
And A Former Duke Star Got Trolled By His Own Wife
Hey @SheldenWilliams Tennessee is onto the 2nd round..... How about Duke???? ROCKYTOPPPPP LETGOOO
— Candace Parker (@Candace_Parker) March 22, 2014
Duke Fans Had A Major Sad
This UNC Fan Had The Perfect, Profane Shirt For The Occasion
Coach K Joined An Unwanted (But Not Exactly Unaccomplished) List
Coach K is the 6th coach in NCAA Tournament history with 5 losses to double-digit seeds (Brey, Thompson III, Boeheim, Knight, Cremins)
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) March 21, 2014