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I just can't hate Duke anymore

Updated: March 18, 2011, 10:29 AM ET
By Vincent Thomas | Special to ESPN.com

Two years ago, Scottie Reynolds and Villanova humiliated Duke in the Sweet Sixteen with a 77-54 beatdown, and I felt nothing.

Here was Duke, embarrassed on a national stage, and I derived not even a modicum of glee. The numb (even moderately empathetic) reaction to Duke failure was brand-new emotional territory since, for about two-thirds of my life, most of my spring was incomplete until a dour, red-faced Coach K led slump-shouldered Dukies off the court with towels over their ...

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