On Saturday, the Duke Blue Devils suffered a big loss to the Tennessee Volunteers, bringing an end to their 2023 NCAA March Madness run. While the loss was a massive blow to the team, the reactions were quick to pour in as many celebrated the team's elimination.
The game saw Duke struggle to score from beyond the arc, as the team shot just 27.3 percent from the three-point line. On the flip side, the Volunteers shot 40.4 percent from the field, and 42.9 percent from beyond the arc.
With their win, Tennessee will now face the winner of No. 9 ranked FAU vs No. 16 ranked FDU.
Below you can see some hilarious fan reactions to the loss:
Duke’s elimination from the 2023 March Madness tournament
This year saw Duke eliminated from the 2023 March Madness tournament pretty early on. Although the team entered the tournament as a top 10 seed, they ultimately ended up falling to Tennessee in the second round. While the referees fielded quite a bit of blame on social media thanks to the loss, head coach Jon Scheyer spoke about the loss, saying
"I'm proud of our team. We had a great season. I'm hurting for these guys. They gave us everything you could ask for. They fought through adversity. They stuck together. I loved coaching them. It hurts. It stings. But I'm very grateful to have coached this team."
The expectation is that Scheyer will be back in action next season after what many have dubbed a successful first year with the program in the wake of Coach Al’s retirement. With that said, things could change pretty quickly, much like we saw with Rick Pitino at Iona. Shortly after the team bounced back from the tournament in the first round, head coach Rick Pitinio accepted a coaching job at St. Johns in a pretty massive move.
While Scheyer has been a staple of Duke’s basketball program, do you think another team could poach him? Sound off below!